Artist of the Month

Name: Marisa Hetzler

Grade: 12

What art classes have you taken at Memorial?

Drawing (I, II, III), Graphic Design, Photoshop, Ceramics I, and Photography (I, II, III)

How long have you been creating art?

I’ve always been interested in drawing and photography, and I’ve always taken inspiration from music, movies and fine arts. I didn’t start committing myself to serious projects until high school.

Why do you create art?

It is a great way to challenge myself. Being able to execute a piece exactly how I see it in my head is challenging, but really satisfying.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

I love drawing and photography, and programs like Photoshop and Illustrator are great because I get to combine my favorite mediums to create pieces.

What has been your favorite piece of art that you’ve made?

For one of my college applications I had to make a set of visual instructions on how to complete an action. I drew out the 6 steps to taking a selfie and I was really proud of how it turned out. (piece pictured)

Where do you find your inspiration?

I can get inspiration from anywhere. Because my artwork is still developing, so much of it is inspired by things like my family, nature, and other artwork.

Who is your favorite artist?

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite artist, but my favorite Graphic Designer right now is Jessica Walsh. I would love to be as successful as her one day.

Do you have any words of advice to artists?

Challenge yourself. Usually the areas in art you avoid are the ones you need the most work on.

What is one type of art you’d like to learn in the future?

I think Printmaking is so beautiful, but I never got a chance to learn it at Memorial. I would love to practice it in the future.

Do you plan on continuing art after high school?

Yes, I will be studying Graphic Design in college.

–  Sanjana Kumar

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