When I’m not playing volleyball or doing homework, you can usually find me in the garage painting. I like to paint all kinds of things. I get my creativity from a lot of different people in my family. My mom is a creative director at an ad agency, my dad is an artist and illustrator, and my Grandma on my dad’s side is also an artist. Her name is Senga Nengudi and she is widely considered one of the most important black, female artists of our time. So art is in my genes!
This year in my spanish class our teacher gave us the assignment to choose a Caribbean artist and to recreate one of their paintings. I chose Puerto Rican artist Maritza Zambrana and her piece “Mi Puerto Rico”. I loved the colors and how proud the artist is of her culture, with the flag featured. I’ve never been to Puerto Rico, but I would like to go.
I also created this painting of a wave which is kind of like a famous Japanese painting. Painting makes me feel really calm and peaceful. I usually watch Friends reruns when I paint because it is my favorite show. I have watched every episode of all 10 seasons at least 4 or 5 times.