It's All About Me
It's All About Me
OK, so maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration. But it would be pretty awesome, right?
My name is Catie Prechtel. All my life I loved to create- whether its through drawing, painting, taking photos, sculpting, or sewing.
I think there is something special about being able to translate your thoughts and emotions into a tangible medium that everyone can see and understand. I feel that art is a way for me to record all of my most important desires, dreams and epiphanies. Art is a powerful way to communicate, and I definitely intend to pursue it in my future. I am still considering whether or not I will go to art school in my first years of college, but I will always be studying it no matter which school I attend.
Because I love many different subjects like art, science, literature, world cultures, and philosophy, I know that I will have many opportunities to express my thoughts through art. I'm hoping to discover what I'm really about, so that I can share my message with the world.
My favorite mediums are graphite, pen, watercolor, photography, and collage. I love to employ vivid colors that say something about me. I'm really excited to be taking a photography class that will give me materials to create some exciting collages.
Currently, my favorite subject matter includes robots, Russian nesting dolls, and octopi. Oh, and Frederick Douglass, but that's just because we're soul mates (I'm not obsessed- I'm focused). However, the main subject that I really enjoy is portraiture. There's something magical about the human face, and how it can convey so much thought and emotion simply through the positions of the facial muscles and the angle of the jaw. I have a hard time focusing on scenery and still life because I feel like there is no emotion in them. People are by far the best subject an artist has to communicate an idea.
I have been very lucky to have a supportive network of family and friends who encourage me in my artistic pursuits. From what I understand, it will not be easy to become a fine artist, it is so competitive, and it's hard to find work. Despite the upcoming difficulties, I know that I can make it, as long as I work hard and do what makes me happy.
As far as art in the family goes, I seem to have a lot of it. My grandpa is a fine artist who works with oil to create famous historical battles. My uncle is a graphic designer for commercial ads, and my father is a professional photographer. My mother has always held an interest in art, and my sister is an aspiring chef/fashion designer. I find every member of my family to be a source of inspiration, and I'm so lucky to have them.
Here are some quotes that I find to represent my artistic values:
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. ~Pablo Picasso
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~Scott Adams
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. ~Amy Lowell