December was a rough month for me because of personal events, and painting was one of the main ways I got through that. I’m not a professional artist by any means, but I really enjoy making my paintings. Part of what gave me the idea to paint for my portfolio was my AT, Zoe, who had us paint our interpretations of “revolution” during an AT session. I was inspired, so I decided to make some paintings that reminded me of Humes. Some paintings are more related to the course content than others, but they were all a lot of fun to make! I also just wanted to say thank you to Dr. Denham for being so supportive of my art and once during the year giving me an extension on one of my projects so that I could paint. I really appreciate that Humes is a place that fosters art and expression!

This is a watercolor painting that I made in December of the sky at sunset outside of my old barn under the power lines. This place was revolutionary to who I am as a person because I grew up here and would not be the same person without it. Plus, isn’t it beautiful?
This is a watercolor painting I made heavily inspired by another painting that I saw online of an orca swimming below the surface of the ocean. While it’s not my original idea, I believe the whale is symbolic of change we can’t see. During the end of 2018, which is when I painted this, I was going through a lot of personal growth. At the time, I didn’t even realize how much growing I was doing. I believe that the whale is symbolic of this, because it is a huge, majestic creature hidden just beneath the surface of the water as the girl reaches down to touch it. Therefore, for me this painting symbolizes a time of intense growth.
This is the first watercolor painting I made in 2018 after buying a set of watercolors. For me, this was revolutionary because it was the beginning of a very important hobby for me.
This acrylic painting was directly inspired by a photo taken by Jeff Brouws that I saw in Lapham’s text. It shows a car that is burning in California. The text accompanying the picture says, “You are not judges.” It was a good reminder to me that in the humanities, while we are aiming to understand others, we are not judges. We are simply aiming to understand.