The Artist of the Issue, Lizzy Rackley is a very talented artist who has been taking Art and has participated in the Lowry Art Club since her freshman year. Lizzy has also participated in the Scholastic Art Competition many times. She is a very creative person and she is a very artistically gifted student which makes her stand out as an artist.
“Like every little kid I went through an art phase, but I realized that I was good at it. Plus I’m not competent enough to do anything else,” said Rackley about what drove her to do art.
“Lizzy challenges herself to explore new mediums and has a very creative spirit that makes her who she is as a person and as an artist,” said Topholm.
Lizzy’s work can be seen all around campus. She has helped to create many of the murals in the halls of Lowry High School, but this is not all of her work Topholm’s favorite piece of Lizzy’s is not seen in the halls of Lowry.
“It’s hard to say but my favorite piece of Lizzy’s was a portrait of Stevie Nicks that she entered into the Scholastic News Art Competition. It stands out because it is an amazing combination of her love of art and her love of music,” said Topholm about her favorite piece of Lizzy’s.
Lizzy has interests and oppression in almost all arts. Excluding art, her favorite classes were choir and percussion. She enjoys classical music and idolizes great artists like Michelangelo and Frida Kahlo. Lizzy’s high school experience has been a great time for self-discovery.
“It's been a learning curve,” said Rackley. “I feel that I’ve learned more about myself than I have academically, it's not that I haven't learned things in high school it's just that I've learned all about myself,” explained Rackley about her high school experience.
Lizzy is also an artist with an extremely strong work ethic and is exceedingly dedicated to her craft. Whether it is her modern pop art or her realistic portraits she is determined to create something great.
“I can’t walk away without completing my piece, and it doesn't matter what other people think I do it for me,” said Rackley. “Sometimes I hate my art but I know that I am by far my worst critic,” said Rackley about her art.” Said Rackley about her art.
This year Lizzy is a senior, which means that it is her last year she will be participating in any of Lowry’s art programs. Although this does not mean that her art career ends here as Lizzy plans on further pursuing art in her future.
“Yeah but I am not sure how I am going to do it but in simple terms, I want to be the next Topholm, a high school art teacher.”
Lizzy has achieved Artist of the Issue for her impressive talent, creative mind, and exceptional work ethic.