My name is Alejandra Diaz and I am a senior at Santa Barbara High School, where I am also part of the Visual Arts and Design Academy. I enjoy painting in oil and watercolor, drawing in charcoal, and creating things on Photoshop. During my time at Youth Interactive, I hope to figure out who I am as an artist, what kind of art I want to contribute to the art world, how to sell my art, and how to build an online presence.
The Golden Hour
Imagine Andy being one of those kids who painted everything they could. She spent her free time decorating her clothes, every sheet of paper that she could find, and sometimes even doodled on her food. Andy recently took the leap to pursue art as her main focused career. Andy currently studies in the University of California, Santa Barbara as an Art major. Her goal as an artist is to develop emotion as well as concept through her work, whether it’s awareness for a global issue or for the sake of it just being art. Andy states, ”My practice is mostly oil painting, but I’m currently focusing my work as a cross between sculptural and textural painting.” In time, Andy hopes this type of focus on her work becomes the style that she has been looking for.
Girl on Fire
Arianna Rebecca Sanchez is a student in Visual Art and Design Academy located in Santa Barbara High School. She’s 16 years old and a ninth generation Santa Barbarian. She enjoys all type of media and is interested to explore herself as an artist. Outside her practice at the creative studio, she participates in Fiesta as a flamenco dancer. Her inspiration comes from her Hispanic culture.
Caius Sztuk, 16, Santa Barbara High School. Caius has been doing art since he was little, taking art classes sincethe fifth Grade. He usually paints in acrylic, pen, or ink. Caius aspires to increase his skills and get his art our into the public eye.
Art is my gateway for escaping the reality and into the organic and complex world of my mind. With so much imagination and love of colors, I paint these images onto a blank surface. I use whatever I can grab and make my world come into this reality. Filled with endless possibilities and countless ideas that I carry, I’ve grown and accepted for who I am and what I love. I may day dream a lot, but that doesn’t mean my head isn’t too far from the ground.
The Blue Woman
The Old Man
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Kamryn Bauersfeld attends Santa Barbara High School and is in the Visual Arts and Design Academy. Her interest in art began in elementary due to her inspiration from animated cartoons. She currently enjoys all types of media, but is aspiring to become an animator/character designer. She sees Youth Interactive as an opportunity to learn more about her own art, to improve artistically, and learn about the business behind the art world.
Art has always been an aspect of me. I spend all my extra time painting, completely immersed. I have a love for nature as deep as my love for art. I long for a world embellished with the beauty of mother nature. My current work impersonates, and explores this beauty. I am keenly interested in environmental science, and studies. I envision a future in which I pursue my two loves: a collaboration between environmentalism and art.
The Tick of a Clock
Sunsets on the Clock
Sage is a 15 year old young artist and student at Santa Barbara High School. She joined the Visual Arts Center Academy at her school, and she is doing the required mentorship and internship at YI Creative Studio. She is really enjoying the experience and sees it as a great resource for young artists and entrepreneurship. Her favorite art medium is acrylic painting. Sage is also a contemporary and hiphop dancer, and she has been dancing for nine years. Besides dancing and arts, Sage is interested in Chicano Studies and Activism. As a future plan she is considering to go to Rhode Island School of Design or UC Berkeley.