Babylon Village Arts Council Art by the Falls Featured Artist
Allie Van Rossem
Through art, I can represent my interests and ideas in new ways, and I enjoy experimenting with new materials and different topics. Every year I have taken art, I have seen improvement in my skill and I have discovered new things about myself and my style of art. Creating artwork is important to me because it is a new way to challenge myself while expressing my emotion and ideas to others. Sometimes, it can be difficult to achieve the image I have in my head of what I want the work to look like. But I’ve come to see that art is very much like life: even if the end-product isn’t what I’m expecting, I can reflect on how I grew from the journey. Art has taught me how to fix problems calmly and see that I can’t make anything perfect, just like how people aren’t perfect.
Art has helped me discover things about myself, and over the years I have developed a love for color. I love to create colorful, vibrant art pieces because my personality is colorful as well, and I am the type of person who tries to see the brighter side of things. I also like to draw from life because as you look at one object for a long time, you begin to notice things about it that you wouldn’t have seen before. You learn from observation, which is very fun for me because I love science. Additionally, my pieces are usually done with close attention to detail, which has become part of my style as an artist. It’s how I find inspiration from living things.
My inspiration comes from my interests and from nature. I love animals and I care about the environment. My pieces often have one main focal point, such as one person or one animal that draws your attention first. Sometimes I get inspiration when I am not expecting it if I see an image that intrigues me in the news or look at another artist’s work and think of an idea of my own for a piece.
Throughout my high school career, I will take a studio art class each year until I make it to AP art in senior year. I also have plans to continue with the NYSATA portfolio every year of high school. I plan to keep art a big part of my life for as long as I can. One thing I really want to learn is how to paint waves in the ocean that look realistic, and how to paint things that are underwater. I see that I have much room to grow and hope I can get a little better each year. As for my future, I haven’t made any plans for my career yet, but I will certainly keep taking art classes in college. I have an idea to start a mural painting business in college, where I paint murals in people’s homes as my job. Some fields I’m interested in working in are graphic design, marketing and possibly one of the sciences. I’m excited to see what the future holds for me and hope to continue making art as long as I can.
Babylon Village Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Community support enable BVAC to present cultural art programs throughout the year to the Long Island community. Programs are made possible in part through grants from Suffolk County, New York State Council of the Arts and through Nassau and Suffolk Counties in partnership with Huntington Arts Council, sponsorships, partnerships, donations and memberships.
Babylon Village Arts Council P.O. Box 141 Babylon Village, New York 11702 631.669.1810