For me, art has always been something of a way to de-stress. I love it when I have a free afternoon or day and can draw or paint all day. It is a way for me to both focus my mind and calm my thoughts down if they feel overwhelming.
As a child, it started out as something fun to do. My dad and I would make anything we could think of. Because of his own artistic career, he had a lot of art equipment he taught me to use and take care of. To this day I have one of the paintbrushes he gave me. Memories from my childhood are made up of painting faces on rocks and decorating cardboard boxes. Painting leaves and drawing on his printing paper with soft pastels.
I have always gravitated towards portraiture. People's faces fascinate me; how every face is different and beautiful. I took a lot of inspiration from different artists and I would stay up late analysing different techniques they used for coloured pencils, graphite and painting. I was especially fascinated by the layering of colour and the way artists use tints of blue, green, yellow and purple to portray white or add the realistic touch to skin you wouldn’t otherwise get. I went through different stages of media, wanting to excel at everything at once, from graphite, to coloured pencils, to watercolour, to acrylics. At first, my aim was to do drawings that were as realistic as possible, and though realism is still what I tend to opt for, I like to occasionally try new things.
Most of my life so far is made up of moving around, different countries, cultures, schools, people. At one point I went to five different schools consecutively every year, in three different countries. It was definitely an experience. I was born in Poland and when I was seven my mother got a job in Qatar. I was there for six years before moving back to Poland to live with my grandmother for a year. Then my mother met Mike, my stepdad, and moved out of Qatar, after which we spent a year travelling. I loved it, though it was tiring, it was an incredible experience. We had long bus trips in East Asia and climbed Kilimanjaro, all of which I will never forget.
After this we moved to England where I was home-schooled for a while. This is when the change in my art really happened and I got more serious about what I wanted to do in life, that being art. I spent hours drawing. Fourth school in the last four years, about to become the fifth when we moved to Oxford; now in Year 11, having been at the same school for the last two years, I love all the new things I learned, and the people I met.
Art and being creative is all I want to do in the future and just the thought of being able to sketch, draw or paint makes my heart flutter. I hope to develop different skills and media and create artwork that makes both me and everyone around me happy, or sad, or angry. I want to get good enough to portray emotions in my own work.