Alejandra Diaz 

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.

I first came up with the idea for this piece when I saw a bare tree stump while on a walk through the Museum of Natural History. After noticing its rings, I remembered the rings are used to tell how old a tree is. It inspired me to create a design mimicked tree rings and represented the idea of growth over time.

I first came up with the idea for this piece when I saw a bare tree stump while on a walk through the Museum of Natural History. After noticing its rings, I remembered the rings are used to tell how old a tree is. It inspired me to create a design mimicked tree rings and represented the idea of growth over time.

Tree Rings

The inspiration from this piece came from a candle that my grandmother burns almost everyday. After observing it for a while, I realized the melting candle is a representation of life. It melts over time, the same way we “melt” or age overtime.

The inspiration from this piece came from a candle that my grandmother burns almost everyday. After observing it for a while, I realized the melting candle is a representation of life. It melts over time, the same way we “melt” or age overtime.

The Golden Hour

The inspiration behind this piece came from my habit of constantly waking up late. I always find myself panicking about running out of time to get ready on school mornings. My lack of time management skills are the reason I am always late to everything. I wanted to depict this in a humorous way.

The inspiration behind this piece came from my habit of constantly waking up late. I always find myself panicking about running out of time to get ready on school mornings. My lack of time management skills are the reason I am always late to everything. I wanted to depict this in a humorous way.

Morning Madness


This piece is a composition of a woman floating in water. The water is painted with dull, metallic colors to represent the chemicals from pollution in our oceans. We wouldn’t bathe in gasoline and car oil, so it’s not fair to force marine life to do it.

This piece is a composition of a woman floating in water. The water is painted with dull, metallic colors to represent the chemicals from pollution in our oceans. We wouldn’t bathe in gasoline and car oil, so it’s not fair to force marine life to do it.

Oil Bath 

Andy Tabares 

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.

This artwork is meant to represent the potential consequences to our atmosphere from the increase of smog and pollution. While someone might see the warm color scheme of the figure in the field as beautiful, others might see the vibrant selection of color as intense. In fact, it could become so intense that it might feel like this woman’s world is on fire. If we don’t take action, in time this could become our world as well.

This artwork is meant to represent the potential consequences to our atmosphere from the increase of smog and pollution. While someone might see the warm color scheme of the figure in the field as beautiful, others might see the vibrant selection of color as intense. In fact, it could become so intense that it might feel like this woman’s world is on fire. If we don’t take action, in time this could become our world as well.

Girl on Fire


Arianna Sanchez 

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.

In order to depict that time is an illusion, I chose a scene from the Disney classic “Alice in Wonderland”. My paintings are of the flowers that sing “ A Golden Afternoon”.

In order to depict that time is an illusion, I chose a scene from the Disney classic “Alice in Wonderland”. My paintings are of the flowers that sing “ A Golden Afternoon”.

Lazy Daisy

Rocking Horsefly


Caius Sztuck 

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.

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Untitled

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Monk


Karim Cortez

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.

At this stage of my life, I feel dizzy. My head is filled with swirls of unending tasks and work that I often sit, and let them swirl around some more. I am very indecisive on my path toward my future because there are still things I would like to do. It’s a vast mass of thoughts that I can’t seem to shake off.

At this stage of my life, I feel dizzy. My head is filled with swirls of unending tasks and work that I often sit, and let them swirl around some more. I am very indecisive on my path toward my future because there are still things I would like to do. It’s a vast mass of thoughts that I can’t seem to shake off.

The Blue Woman

Many people have the fear of growing old. Many of us prefer to live our youth a little longer and be able to do things we missed to do like going out with friends, or being in love. But I prefer to hopefully become old and have kids on my own. It may seem strange to some, but think of it this way: You have lived, you have experienced, and you have felt. You have seen the world change and you’ve seen yourself grow. Tell your story to someone about the life you were given because you’ll see for yourself how much wisdom you have gained.

Many people have the fear of growing old. Many of us prefer to live our youth a little longer and be able to do things we missed to do like going out with friends, or being in love. But I prefer to hopefully become old and have kids on my own. It may seem strange to some, but think of it this way: You have lived, you have experienced, and you have felt. You have seen the world change and you’ve seen yourself grow. Tell your story to someone about the life you were given because you’ll see for yourself how much wisdom you have gained.

The Old Man


Kamryn Bauersfeld

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.

She is an entity that encapsulates the overall feeling of the pieces. Her essence is growth occurring over time.

She is an entity that encapsulates the overall feeling of the pieces. Her essence is growth occurring over time.

Hibiscus

Although time always continues sometimes things must stop to allow growth in a motionless sense.

Although time always continues sometimes things must stop to allow growth in a motionless sense.

Flora

Things grow slowly but as time goes on they become more apparent, more vivid, and more important.

Things grow slowly but as time goes on they become more apparent, more vivid, and more important.

Succulent


Louisa Edwards 

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 growth of a bright pink flower reaching its petals into the dark, black background shows life as climbing through time: growing. Being in the peak of it's beauty time will only wilt the flower and it’s petals will curl back. Recoiling from the time spread around it.

The growth of a bright pink flower reaching its petals into the dark, black background shows life as climbing through time: growing. Being in the peak of it's beauty time will only wilt the flower and it’s petals will curl back. Recoiling from the time spread around it.

Untitled

This piece depicts the runaway love that two bodies can feel without the barrier of time.    

This piece depicts the runaway love that two bodies can feel without the barrier of time.

 

 

Ever Eloped

This painting depicts my vision of the time ­warp consumption. The disillusion of time is represented as the different colors spiral in different lengths and different shades towards each other. It is meant to coax the mind into believing some sections are closing in on others at a quicker pace.

This painting depicts my vision of the time ­warp consumption. The disillusion of time is represented as the different colors spiral in different lengths and different shades towards each other. It is meant to coax the mind into believing some sections are closing in on others at a quicker pace.

Time-Warp Continuum

Oil paint on canvas. The growth or bloom of a flower is an age old representation of growth. The maturity of a flowers growth tells a tale of time through the stages of blossom and bloom.

Oil paint on canvas. The growth or bloom of a flower is an age old representation of growth. The maturity of a flowers growth tells a tale of time through the stages of blossom and bloom.

Blooms

The Tick of a Clock

  This piece features a sphere seeming sinking through a horizontal line into an abyss of floating, cloud like shapes. It is meant to portray an embodiment of time through the idea of a sunset. As sunsets and times move at ease without disruption endlessly and pay no mind to the matters of other life. The colors are smooth and the shapes are my portrayal of the tick tock sound of a wall clock. Humans can count and mark time as hours, minutes, or seconds, and humans can view and replicate a sunset but both are illusive and beyond human manipulation.

 

This piece features a sphere seeming sinking through a horizontal line into an abyss of floating, cloud like shapes. It is meant to portray an embodiment of time through the idea of a sunset. As sunsets and times move at ease without disruption endlessly and pay no mind to the matters of other life. The colors are smooth and the shapes are my portrayal of the tick tock sound of a wall clock. Humans can count and mark time as hours, minutes, or seconds, and humans can view and replicate a sunset but both are illusive and beyond human manipulation.

Sunsets on the Clock

Sage Gaspar

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.