In the beginning when I first came into St. Louis ArtWorks, I was shy and quiet. The way that I introduced myself was not confident enough, and I didn’t know how to open up to new people.
The more I was in St. Louis ArtWorks, the more I started to gain confidence on my art work at home. I began to learn more about introducing myself and explaining what I do here at St. Louis ArtWorks. I learned that it's very important to explain your art pieces to people because that person wants to know what it’s about. I noticed that every time I walked into a store called “Swedlife” the person that works there explains what the stuff in their store is all about and the more he explains, the more my attention is drawn to the things he points out to me. From there on, I was really starting to realize how important it is to explain to people about your art. I’ve also learned that cooperating and being creative is important as a visual artist. I learned that creativity should NOT be limited because you never know how valuable or important it is.
I’ve also learned that effort is important too. In the beginning, we all didn’t put too much effort into printing and now realize that this is not just screenprinting when you’re at St. Louis ArtWorks, it's art - because you never know what type of people will appreciate it.
I also remember what Priscilla was saying one day. She said, “When you print an image on a shirt, make sure you're not just printing, but make sure your message is telling a story.” And that let me know that when you do any type of art piece, make sure its saying something, not just showing an image. I also learned that it’s not good to wait for something to work. You have to MAKE something happen.