A conversation with local student artists about their art, their passions and who they are over a common love among artists: coffee. This week I interviewed Senior, Abby Macallister, an avid painter and lover of theatre.
Me: What is the medium you gravitate to the most?
Abby: I use a lot of watercolor, I feel like it’s very easy to work with, and the colors come off really nice. I also think that with watercolor you can do a lot more with a lot less. It adds an ethereal sort of feel to the paintings, which I like as well.
M:What is art to you?
A: Art is a sort of escape, especially from the stresses of being a senior. It’s therapeutic. If i’m going through something I can just visualize it and put it down on a piece of paper.
M: You typically paint women in a portrait style, is there any particular reason as to why?
A: I don’t know if there’s a reason, I mean my dad is the only male figure in my family so I’ve always grown up in a family of women. I just feel like a lot of the paintings I’ve seen have been really strong and beautiful females and I want to sort of contribute to that.
M: You usually paint with unnatural color schemes, is there any reason why?
A: I feel like I’ve always sort of been a weird kid, and I think that reflects a lot in the colors I choose. I like having interesting colors in the things I do, it adds a whole other layer to it.
M: What inspires you?
A: A lot of things I see on social media, current events too. My grandmother and my great-grandfather are artists and I think a lot of their work and art and their colors really inspire me. Music too! That of course inspires me.
M: Lastly, how do you like your coffee?
A: I love mocha’s. This is like liquid magic, I feel like I can now graduate from high school and live a stable life after drinking this.