I have spent a lot of time on artwork; a lot of practice and a lot of brainstorming, planning, and executing. I don't think that I have really made any "sacrifices" for art, because I don't look at art as something that I have to give other things up for. I have always looked at art as something that I am very lucky to have and pursue. I have had a fairly good year in art; the only thing I believe I would do differently if I relived it is simply make more art. I feel like I finally got a certain style I could work and play with, and I wish I could have turned out more work. But that's a small problem in comparison to where I was at the end of last year.
My proudest artistic accomplishment and most memorable experience from my four years at DRHSArt is definitely my show. I know this is probably a standard answer, but truly, Ellie and I put in so much effort into the show and I was unbelievably proud with how it turned out. It was an accumulation of all the hard work we had done over the past four years, and seeing it come together and watching people enjoy it was something really special that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
My four years in this program has certainly been filled with ups and downs. It's hard to figure out what your style is. Sometimes I felt like I was in a panicky rut, void of ideas, with the only exit being a 100ft tall slippery cliff with no handholds. I know that other people involved in creative pursuits know exactly what I'm talking about. My advice, then, would be to keep trying to climb that cliff. Nothing that is easy to achieve is ever worth it. I have experienced being stuck many times, and I have always managed to find inspiration again. If you stay passionate, then I personally believe that you'll continue to succeed, even if you get stumped every once in a while.