Artist Spotlight: Kylie LaPack

By Zy Amos

There are many talented people in RHS and one of those talents for many people is art. One student that has art as talent is Kylie LaPack.

LaPack’s work can be seen in the hallways of RHS and often sparks conversation.

Art is not for everyone people might think that doing something like art can be hard but for Kylie it’s easy. She made many cool and amazing artworks created overtime either on her own time or during school, whether it’s painting, drawing, or any other art forms such as markers and coloring pencils. She’s great at quick sketches which are very detailed. What inspired her to draw?

People do many things to express themselves and what they believe in throughout their daily lives either in school, during their work lives, or even at home. The same applies to Kylie. She’s been expressing herself and beliefs for her entire life with art. So, if you ever see her doodle in class or one of her pieces out in the hallway on the board near the art room, you should take a second to admire the hard work and time she put into making them.

Help?

A Poem By: Erica Sells

I feel down. I want to fall down. I’m close. So soon, I’ll get to be free. Ha! As if they would let me be. They chain me to their crazy. No one’s willing to save me. I love them. Do they love me? Heal my insecurities, please. I need… What do I need other than a tune up? To get my chin up? I’ve had so much pain. Too much pain. Enough! Pain! I would run, but they know my name.

It’s a shame. I wish I could tame the pain. The pain. Oh! The pain! Help me, help me, help me. I’m insane. Chained, chained, chained. Trapped in their grasp. They all gasp when I lapse into joy. Joy is a funny word, making me think of bird wings. I want to sing. Where is my creativity? It has been missing lately. I truly hate me. Hate thee. Hate them. They never stop. Stop!

“Ha! Better not,” they say. Mocking me, teasing me, telling me I’m not enough. I’m too much. They don’t love. They smile and take everything and in return I receive. Oh! So much grief. What will I achieve if I continue to believe their lies? “Please, don’t leave me,” I ask, even though I wish to run far far away from these monsters. But I manage to hold them hostage, even as I am their prisoner.

“Save me!” I scream. Silence. Every plea I utter, scream, yell, or shout won’t matter because I am alone in this world. Alone with my thoughts, views, opinions, voices, monsters, demons, pain, shame, and past. Who better to trust and be understanding than the one who receives these things? Everybody just ignores, not only mine, but their issues. Their sins.

They’ve given me the pain. They’ve tainted me, shamed me, and then repainted me. I try to scrape off their layer of lies that they left behind, but they’re too thick. Like the truth, full of ache. I wish I could escape their clutches. Running and running, but they are too cunning to let me get away.

I hide and they think, “It’s time to play.” “Come out, come out wherever you are,” they whisper in voices sweet as honey. They lure me out again and again. I fall for their tricks again and again. Will I ever make it out of this nightmare? Is anyone out there? Save from my thoughts, for they are evil. I am evil. I need help

“Help. Are you there?”

Her Hands

By: Anonymous

Her hands, frail and cold, waved wildly through the sterile air. They’re small, pale as snow, young. They tremble slightly, but we both chose to ignore it. It’s better that way. We pretend. She tells me stories of how she went to a park today and saw the bluebirds fluttering in the Winter wind. I nod along, knowing, but ignoring the reality of her words. She says they fluttered into the old oak tree, the one we used to read under when she was young. She says they glided gracefully over the bubbling stream and picked worms from the vivid green grass near the playground. I don’t tell her that the playgrounds and parks of yesterday are long passed.

Her hands are moving slower now, twinging in the air until I take them into my own reddened palms, fingers thick and rough from heavy labor. Her milky, swollen eyes glance about in panic, it’s happening. She continues her story of bluebirds, her words becoming jumbled and broken as I pull myself away from her, looking away. I know she’s gone. I know she has been gone. I know there’s nothing I can do. I know I’ve lost her. I know this, but I turn anyway, glancing back at the familiar yet alien form of her small body, and I am struck in the heart once again. Her hands, frail and cold, lie dormant upon the firm hospital bed, and mine begin to quiver.

Watercolor Parrot By Yovany Lopez Vazquez
Watercolor Octopus by Yovany Lopez Vazquez

Dominic Watson: Artist Interview

By: Hayle Sharp

Artist of the Week: Dominic Watson

Q: How did you first get interested in art? Or what drew you to art?
I got my interest in drawing from my mom. She’s a good artist and she inspires me!

Q: What type of art do you most enjoy the most?
I don’t have a favorite, I enjoy doing all kinds of art from paper and also from technology.

Q: What do you like about that art form?
The thing I like most about art is getting to create whatever I want. I want to express my feelings and show my art skill and techniques!

Q: What is the art that you are most proud of what piece do you like the most? Why?
The piece I’m most proud is the drawing of my mom. I like it the most because she inspires me. She’s my mom, and I love her.

Q: Do you plan pursuing art as a career? What path do you want to pursue or attempt?
I might see as doing art as my career, and I would like to design shoes and start my own company.

Q: What is the most challenging part of being an artist?
The most challenging part about being an artist is trying to get everything perfect. I am a perfectionist and will not accept any standard short of perfection.

Q: What is the most positive thing you have gotten out of art?
The most positive thing I have gotten out of art is that you can find it anywhere, and it inspires me to do more!

Q: Three words to describe your art style?
Three words to describe my art style is creative, emotional, and different!

Q: Any advice for others who are nervous or scared about trying something artistic?
I would tell someone that they should take risks because you may never get that chance again. You only live once!

Q: What is one goal you have for yourself?
One goal I have for myself is to be successful in life.

Bryant Garcia: Artist interview

Artist of the Week: Bryant Garcia 

Q: How did you first get interested in art? or What drew you to art?

Mr. Rod was the person who got me interested in art with his amazing artistic talent that I saw through his doodles and drawings of loved Disney characters and his own.

Q: What type of art do you enjoy most?

The art form I enjoy most would have to graphite pencils on paper.

Q: What do you like about that art form?

The reason I enjoy this art form is because of how shading can be used, it can easily portray a range of emotions or it can show really subtle details in a piece of art.  

Q: What is the art that you are most proud of or what piece do you like the most? Why?

My wolf head with flowers around it would have to be my proudest work of art because it was the first time I had really put in a lot of time and effort into shading in order to make it look as well as I wanted it to since I doubted I could do it in the first place.

Q: Do you plan on pursuing art as a career? What path do you want to pursue or attempt?

Becoming an illustrator would be a career I would like to attempt because I get to use either my ideas or someone else’s ideas to depict a character whose story has been written out.

Q: What is the most challenging part of being an artist?

Leaving one’s comfort zone and trying something new is the most challenging in my opinion because it requires a lot of work and a lot of effort for someone to try a either a new art form or just changing the way

 they do something because they already are used to one particular thing and it just doesn’t feel natural until they get the hang of it.

Q: What is the most positive thing you have gotten out of art?

The most positive thing I’ve gotten out of art would be the feeling of succeeding. After putting in a lot of time into a piece and finally getting what I had envisioned.

Q: Three words to describe your art style:

Detailed, majestic, and diverse.

Q: Any advice for others who are nervous or scared about trying something artistic?

Anyone scared or nervous should know is to be confident because it helps one feel accomplished after working on something and makes them want to come back and try to improve.

Q: And what is one goal that you have for yourself?

A goal I have set for myself is to try ever art form I can.

Daydream Moore: Artist Interview

Artist of the Week: Daydream Moore

Student artist Daydream Moore showing off her work on Mr. Holloman’s art class.

Q: How did you first get interested in art or what drew you to art?

When I was younger, my father handed me a sheet of paper and a pen and that’s how I started. Since then I always kept up with it and tried to improve.

Q: What type of art do you enjoy the most?

Traditional Art, like paper, canvas, sculpting, etc.

Q: What do you like about that art form?

I like this art form because it’s more hands-on and there are more challenges involving traditional art since you have to be careful about what you do.

Q: What is the art that you are most proud of or what piece do you like the most? Why?

I always liked this piece out of all the pieces that I made. I like this piece because it has a story to it. I won’t give too much detail, but it pretty much shows how we always sell others short and judge them for being different and that we all should just give people a chance and show more generosity.

Drawing by featured artist Daydream Moore.

Q: Do you plan on pursuing art as a career? What path do you want to pursue or attempt?

I do plan on pursuing art as a career because I feel like I could do better and continue to grow in it. I think out of all the branches in art I would like to do graphic designs.

Q: What is the most challenging part of being an artist?

Honestly, there are quite a few challenges in being an artist. Today a lot of artists don’t make much money and it’s hard to make a living off it. Inspiration can also be a pain because life can be very stressful and cause these “art blocks” when you don’t have any ideas. Lastly, art theft is a huge challenge. Many people out there can take your design and claim it as their own without you noticing, and they could make a living off it.

Q: What is the most positive thing you have gotten out of art?

I think the most positive thing I got out of art is that being different is a good thing and to just express yourself and don’t let anyone make you feel bad for it.

Q: Three words to describe your art style:

Different, weird, and obscure.

Daydream Moore hard at work on her next art piece.

Q: Any advice for others who are nervous or scared about trying something artistic?

Just go for it. If someone starts to down you and say that your art needs to change or shouldn’t look like how it is. Don’t listen to them. Your art only belongs to you and you make it however you want it and try different forms of art. you don’t know what you’re missing.

Q: One goal you have for yourself:

To keep inspiring and proceed with learning different types of art.