Artist, Feminist, and Future Scholar to Be
I am an artist. It's taken me a long time to feel comfortable identifying as such. In the past, it was a hobby, a pastime. I would have never dreamed of comparing myself to the 'real' artists out there. But now I can confidently say that's changed. Art has become my passion. It's part of my identity. Comparison is no longer the barrier between me and creating. Part of the reason why I allowed that barrier to get in the way of my work was because I believed that art had to 'be' a certain way to be defined as 'art.' So if I wasn't creating "art", then I wasn't an artist in my eyes.
Some might try to place strict definitions of what art is. Cesar Cruz once said, "art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” Art is a constant action of communication and reflection of life. That's why I don't believe there is one definition for what art can or can not be. If my art is comforting or challenging others, I believe it's true art. Anyone can create it. Whether it's just for themselves, a way to connect to others, or advocate in what they believe in. The beauty of art is that it isn't meant to exclude. Everyone has the opportunity to be an artist or partake in it in some way if it's what brings them joy and peace.
My fiancé William Strong was the greatest supporter of my art. He encouraged me to keep creating and learning. It's because of him I am where I am today.
I dedicate the rest of my work to William Strong. I love you my darling.