I am an artist. I may wear many other hats as well – I am a daughter, a sister, a student, a runner, an animal rights activist, but first and foremost I am an artist. This is not just a hat I wear; this is who I am. I see art as more than just paint on a canvas, it is a way to express yourself and tell the world your thoughts in its rawest form. Art is meant to break the rules, meant to make you feel uncomfortable, meant to start conversations. Without artists, our world would be in a constant state of normalcy and routine. This is why I strive to push boundaries with my art and try to peel the delicate layers that hide human emotions and to bring the unguarded feelings of my subjects to the canvases.  


“Art is meant to break the rules, meant to make you feel uncomfortable, meant to start conversations.”


Even though my artworks have gotten numerous accolades (I won the first place in the Congressional Art Competition and my artwork had been displayed at the US Capitol from 2022-2023; my paintings won Gold and Silver keys in the National Scholastic Art Competition and some have been selected to be exhibited throughout New York City by the ArtsConnection), my main goal is to continue to learn and grow as an artist, experimenting with different mediums and art styles. Learning under the guidance of talented artists at the Art Students League would be an incredible opportunity to bring my art to the next level.  

On January 10th, 2023, I had the pleasure of attending “Direct and Indirect Figure Painting League Talk” presented by Steven Assael, and I was moved and inspired by his talent and impeccable technique. It is incredible how much emotion he conveys with his paintbrush, and it would be an honor to study under a teacher of this caliber. Due to my financial circumstances, I am mostly self-taught, and I would be incredibly grateful for the opportunity to learn from professionals at the Art Students League. Some people may say that being an artist is not a practical choice of a career, but for me it is the only future I aspire to, and I am willing to work hard to be the best artist I can be. 

Bayside High School
Eastern European

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