"I drew a self-portrait in my first art class as a freshman, and my teacher liked it so much that he recommended me for Advanced Placement Art the next year. That's really how I got started. I do a lot of portraits now, mostly in charcoal, and I try to capture the emotions and facial expressions that reflect how we are as humans. My mom, brother, and teachers encourage me a lot, and my first art teacher still keeps up with me. I'm hoping to use my art as a way to go to college."