One of the things that I love about being an artist is being able to draw what I’m feeling. I can draw what I want without having to think (unless I have artblock) and just let my creativity and emotions flow. Not all of my artwork or creations have a meaning to them though. Some I create just for fun. Art provides me with a place to escape reality--kind of like listening to music, reading a book, or writing. It’s like being in a whole other world. That’s the power of art and I love it.
When I was younger, I remember getting lost in the books I read. The stories and illustrations helped me a lot, especially as a kid dealing with anxiety. This is why my art project, Comfort Animals, is important to me. It was created with others in mind. My first character, Hana the helping hippo, is a kind and caring friend. She is like me. She is a very introverted kid who was bullied in school for being different from everyone else. It is only after going through her own self-love journey and realizing her worth that she is able to pick herself up. Hana learns to stick up for herself, open up and make friends. She wants others to find themselves as well, so she made it her mission to help and support them in their own journey. My hope is that these characters offer a sense of comfort, support, and safety while making a small positive impact in a harsh world.
These days I love to read books about life or self-help. I’m currently reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey and No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai. Reading books eventually led to my love of writing, which I do almost daily. It helps me to center my mind and calms me when I’m having a hard time. As someone who is introverted that deals with anxiety, communicating with others can be rough. While I do enjoy talking to other people my energy can run low very quickly. Anyway, thanks for reading. Bye-bye!