Sunday, February 05, 2006

When I was 18...

... I was an enthusiastic young artist; art school seemed inevitable. I even entered a state-wide contest, (circa 1990) limited to sophomores and juniors, called Governor’s Honors. These are the pieces that I submitted:

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This is my teacher and me discussing my impending interview. He actually said to me: "don't get your hopes up", implying that my chances were slim. Yeah…that was a confidence booster. I had the last laugh, however...I won! Actually, there were a few dozen ‘winners’ selected from nearly three hundred kids. The prize was a one-year scholarship for Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and a six-week stint at Valdosta State College during the summer (I didn’t go…I got married instead...yes, that was incredibly stupid, but I was 18 and I "knew everything" then).

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This is me at age 18:

This is my only self-portrait…just me and a mirror…I was 18—graphite:

This is my friend Ashton, who also: is an artist, won Governor’s Honors and was 18 at the time I drew his portrait—colored pencils: