For many students at Dana, 2020 has been a turbulent year, but also an opportunity to develop their talents. Junior Lucia Curran has a passion for art, and has been using this time as a chance to develop her artistic skills.
Art has always been her passion, but over the past few years Curran has become more serious about her talent, explaining, “I’ve been taking art classes pretty much my whole life, but not until a few years ago had I been taking them to start building a professional portfolio and improving my skills”. She started taking classes at a young age, but switched to her current studio, Artventure, in 2017. Curran describes the positive impact her art teacher has had as a mentor for her both artistically and personally.
Curran started her Instagram account, @lucia.curran.arts, in 2018 to showcase the art she creates. She has recently done her first commission, and plans to do more. Her main techniques for her art include sketching with charcoal, graphite, and colored pencils. Curran also paints with oil and acrylic. As for her go-to paintings, she prefers to spend her time painting portraits of people, and working on landscapes.
In the future, Curran hopes to pursue a career that focuses on realism and human anatomy. According to Curran, most of her inspiration comes from observing others. She explains,“looking at the individuals and faces around me, seeing how different they are or what catches my attention, or simply a feature I want to recreate on paper.”
She also looks to the past for inspiration, citing artistic masters of the past such as Leonardo Da Vinci. However, it is not only the past she looks to, as she describes: “ I look to modern artists as well. Both aspiring artists and true masters are a huge help in my own work, assisting me to decide what skills I want to hone, and what I could branch out on and learn as well.”
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