Passion for Optimistic Art

Scholarship Entrant: Kirstyn from Bowling Green, ohio
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Kirstyn: 4

I’d draw, paint, smith, sew, throw, grow, show, flow—oh I’m sorry, I got carried away and started rhyming! In all seriousness art is how I would earn my living. Every time I pick up a pencil, brush, needle, or torch I mislay time and surrender myself to my artwork. Drawing is my favorite type of art, but I love all types and am eager to discover more. I’m told by many that I am a renaissance woman: a person who is proficient and interested in many different fields. In addition to creating artwork on my leisure, I like to make a difference in this world by using my artwork to evoke happy emotions from those grieving over a loss or undergoing hard times. For example, my mom’s coworker’s mother was ill and had a dying wish that each one of her children and grandchildren had a picture quilt before she passed. I quilted fourteen quilts in less than a year and a week after they were completed she passed. The quilts were utilized at her funeral as the picture boards and the families now possess them as good memories. It’s the expressions on the family members’ faces that initiated my wish to do similar projects, like the quilts, to earn a living. Art is the career path I yearn for, but more specifically I crave to create art that helps the people in the world remember the beauty and optimistic part of life.

Vote for Kirstyn: 4

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