By Emily Valdez Posted March 10, 2023
Senior Gillian Finn is this issue’s Artist of the Issue. Nominated by Ms. Julia Topholm for her creativity and skills.
“Gillian has an amazing grasp of art mediums and an immensely creative mind,” said Topholm. “Her artwork always has a personal connection to her life and it is impressive how she makes those connections come to life in her pieces.”
Finn was taken aback, yet proud of her new title.
“Being Artist of the Issue is kind of shocking to me honestly but I am also really proud and excited,” said Finn.
Finn’s motivation for art sprouts from its therapeutic ways.
“Being motivated to do art comes easily to me because art is something I can get lost in,” said Finn. “I’m not focused on anything that stresses me out, I’m just drawing and painting. It helps that I have had a really great teacher for the last three years who is always building my confidence in myself and my art.”
Finn’s favorite medium is acrylic painting and her favorite piece of art is the koi fish painting she did in her junior year.
Finn’s favorite experience from her years of art classes has been the strong bonds she has made with her classmates.
“My favorite experience in my art classes so far is definitely the bonds you build with people and I say that because as you walk around the school doing murals for others you get to know that person so much more,” said Finn.
Not only does Finn have an intense passion for art but she is also passionate about reading, writing, and French.
“Other than art I love to read and write,” said Finn. “I always have a book with me. I also have a huge passion for France and the French language which is why I took French for three years.”
Finn’s plans for the future after high school have been a little difficult to deal with but overall Finn has made her decision.
“My plan after graduation is to go to school to be a psychologist,” said Finn. “It has been really hard for me to pick psychology instead of art, however, I do plan on still taking college art classes while I get my degree in psychology and I might pursue an art degree while I’m at it.”