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Sculpture Class Led to Love of Art

September 25, 2013

Ariel Barrett's love of art was born during a sculpture class at Danville Community College. "I fell in love with art," Barrett said. "It was my first time taking an art class, and I decided then that it was what I loved to do." Barrett will be holding her Senior Art Show Sept. 27-Oct. 25 in Jut's Café in the Student Center. The show will feature work she has created over the last three years at Averett.

During her art classes, she has worked in a variety of different mediums — her favorite is drawing. "Drawing is an essential part of all mediums in art and is the foundation for many art projects," Barrett said. With a love of drawing, it should come as no surprise her most important artist tools are her pencils and paintbrushes. "I would be lost without my ebony pencils during studio time."

The most challenging medium she has worked with is enameling. "The process of enameling was very unfamiliar to me, and I had to learn how the enamels processed in the kiln. I really enjoyed enameling once I understood the processes more in-depth."

Like other artists, Barrett draws what inspires her. Her inspiration comes from nature, figures, and other artist's work as well as photographs she has taken. And, as with any creative work, it takes time to get it just right. She knows it's complete when "I decide if I add anything else to it, it would take away from the vision I originally had."

Visitors to her show will have the opportunity to see her favorite piece – a portrait of Johnny Cash. "I love working with grayscale colors and I particularly enjoyed painting this piece. I am a huge Johnny Cash fan and that's why I decided to paint a portrait of him.

The show is free and open to the public. None of her artwork will be for sale.