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Just about everyone knows someone who has been bullied, in ways big and small. Understandably, though, many victims are reluctant to speak about their experiences. We found some who aren't.
Karen Zhou, King High IB junior
Ironically, I used to hate art with all my guts. Nearly 10 years ago was when I had my first official art lesson at USF. I didn’t hate the lesson, but I definitely hated how my parents were always pushing me to do better than one of my peers. I can’t remember her name, but I remember a distinct jealousy.
And so that was my less-than-noble beginnings as an artist. Of course, I eventually consumed myself in the arts once my parents removed the pressure from my back. From then on, art was solely for my own pleasure; and from there, I continued to practice and practice for seven years with Ms. Ping before my parents pulled me from tutoring. Afterward, I took to digital painting, struggled with my concerned parents, and lo, there ends the story thus far.
I don’t even think anyone has to take formal lessons in order to become a great artist. Although having lessons did help by teaching me basic technique, introducing me to new mediums, and giving me opportunities to compete, I feel that what really caused me to excel was that I have fun with art. It sounds corny, but I honestly do feel that way about it. To me, art is an adventure in my mind where I’m searching for a new path to view myself and the world. And I find that absolutely thrilling.
Along with my personal delight in art, I owe a lot of my progress to my sources of inspiration. Most of my inspiration comes from the many animated movies by Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks that I watched as a child and even now. I also draw inspiration from the video games I play, mainly by Nintendo. I find inspiration in the music I listen to. I find inspiration in my former instructor, Ms. Ping, and the artists who I see or communicate with on a near-daily basis who are often more talented than I, yet don’t get the fame they deserve. I thank my inspirations, which opened my eyes to so many beautiful things.
And last, I want to thank my parents, who made me do art in the first place.
Reported by Xiaoyi Ren, King High