I come from an upbringing full of
family, culture, Faith, art and music
I come from Grandma's stories around the table.
Her tears fell into my paint
And I realized the power that my art can hold.
Ever since I chose to center my AP Portfolio around the Armenian Genocide in high school,
I've dedicated my art to telling stories
Of those who can't anymore
And now of communities who struggle to be heard
and need a voice.
In college, I grew into an artist
With a passion for helping others
And as a graduate, entering the real world,
I hope I can do that.
Whether it's through discovering identity
-as mine is an example of one with gaps that are just now bridging
As I look and feel a certain way in one place,
And completely different in another-
or fighting for your story
I will keep activism and advocacy
as my artist purpose
Especially as I teach art to our future generations
As I teach the importance of using creativity
For the good of society
For recognizing the world around them
And what is inside of themselves.
From a young age, I've always been interested in creating. I started taking private art lessons at the age of 9 from Donald Blanton at the Distinctive Art Studio in Springfield, MA. I continued with them all the way through high school until I went to study Studio Art at UMass Amherst. From my studies in all mediums (ceramics, photography, sculpture, painting, print making etc.) along with being the Art Director of St. Vartan Camp for a few consecutive summers, I grew a passion for teaching. I became an Art Education Major and graduated in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education, soon after becoming a licensed Massachusetts educator! I started working in the Springfield Public Schools District as an Art Teacher in two elementary schools, and have been loving it. It has been a passion of mine to give a voice to the voiceless, speak up for the unspoken, spread awareness and use my talent for the greater good of humanity. One of my biggest passions and one of the greatest gifts that Art has given me is seeing the love and light that exists all around us every single day.
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.