Painting the Future: New artist emerges


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One of White’s pieces sticks out as part of her more abstract collection.

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Gliding across the canvas, the brush careened in all directions, each stroke creating a different effect. No two shades were the same, blending together to create one all-encompassing splatter of color on the painting, invoking a sense of raw emotion. Finished. It was time for the show.

A conglomeration of light and dark bounced off the watercolor on the stage, a visual performance perking up eyes instantly, as sophomore Shae White showed off her masterpiece in front of a crowd of anticipating customers, awaiting the final verdict.

White started selling her art in December 2013, because she wanted people to know that she was an artist and wanted to have her art out there as much as possible.  Ever since she was young, she has always been interested in the world of colors and creating art, describing it as hobby and a way to cope with the struggles of life.

“It lets me express myself,” White said. “If I’m mad or something, I go to art. Usually, drawing and painting are kind of like my relief from everything, and it’s something that I’m good at, it’s a talent I have, and I want to share it. I try to paint what I feel, and [my paintings] express what’s going on in my life.”

In her first auction in December of last year, White sold an original piece for $1,200 and subsequently sold three smaller prints of the same painting. Since then, she has had only one other auction in April.

“I sold about half of my pieces in April,” White said. “I sold about 10.  It was actually an art show, but we just happened to auction in a way, even though auctioning really wasn’t part of it.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_animation animation=”Flip In” img_link_target=”_self” image_url=”5280″][vc_column_text]White auctions off two of her art pieces to Mr. and Mrs. Billup, a couple present at one of her auctions.

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]In total, White has made over $2,000 from auctioning alone, but doesn’t just limit herself to accepting bids.

“Dominic Pangborn, one of my mentors, has sold my art some,” White said. “After the show [in April], I sold a couple more, because he was showing my work to people. So he shows my work to a lot of people unofficially, and they actually buy it. That’s another way I sell my art.”

Her biggest influences have been renowned French painter Claude Monet and her freshman art teacher and mentor Ross Hines along with Korean artist, Dominic Pangborn. All three have inspired White to pursue art and become a well-known artist when she grows older. Hines, in particular, has known White since the beginning of her 8th-grade year when she sent him an “eager” e-mail describing her passion and excitement for art.

During the on and off time Hines has known White, he says he has come to regard her as very talented in her ability to paint, but says that others may have different preferences or opinions of her work.

“I think she’s very good, but art is subjective, and so what one may think is the most amazing thing ever done, the next person is like, ‘Yeah, that’s boring; I have a camera for that, who cares?’,” Hines said. “You see that a lot, but I would say skill-wise, enthusiasm, all that, I would say she was one of the top three in her class, and I think she’s very capable of doing whatever [style of art] she wants.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][image_with_animation image_url=”5274″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″ animation=”none” column_padding=”no-extra-padding” background_color_opacity=”1″][image_with_animation image_url=”5275″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][image_with_animation image_url=”5273″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]Photos provided by White[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Pangborn has also been influential in helping to develop White’s artistic capabilities. It was during an irregular hospital visit due to a swimming injury where her doctor told her about Pangborn and his artistic accomplishments. Since she came into contact with him, Pangborn has done much for White in arranging art shows for her and introducing her to some of his friends who, like himself, enjoy an abstract style and have inspired her to put in the effort and work with more abstract and geometric pieces as well.

“I wanted to open myself up to other [artistic styles] and explore what I can do,” White said. “I feel like doing abstract gives an original feel to my work and to me, because anyone can do abstract, but I use more primary colors. “

White also indulges in producing artwork for various art competitions such as the Scholastic Art and Writing (SAW) contest, according to Hines. SAW is an international contest; and they have about 250,000 entries between writing and art, awarding 1,800 to 1,900 national medals to those chosen at the end of the day.

“She [White] hasn’t gotten one of those yet, but I’m hoping next year she’ll have some stuff together, and hopefully she’ll be able to accomplish that,” Hines said. “Her other one is going to be VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event). This year, Shae did get a four, but unfortunately at area it wasn’t picked, [and she didn’t make it to state],” Hines said.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” text_color=”dark” text_align=”center”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

“I try to paint what I feel, and [my paintings] express what’s going on in my life.”

-Shae White

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]However, White has had other achievements including being selected for the top 10 people out of 5,000 entries to have their work published in a book in a contest called Celebrating Art and for submitting art and making it to the state VASE competition in her freshman year with her skull painting, which didn’t require much preparation, according to White.

“We needed to do something realistic, and people liked Texas, so we decided a skull would be really good,” said White. “Then I came in Mr. Hines’ class after school, and we just positioned the skull [on one of the tables] right with a red blanket around it [and get it ready for painting].”

In order to better develop her artistic skills for upcoming competitions in the future, White plans to attend a full-month pre-college art program at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit this July, and hopes to get in touch with her mentor, Pangborn, later on for a few days painting and learning more about his style of art. As a young and aspiring artist, White aims to attend either a college for art in Chicago or the Savannah College for Art and Design as a precursor to kickstarting her profession.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]