Connie Barrett (BadKittehCo.): "Art has always been there for me"
Staff Writer By: Hope Kumor (hopeandlove)
For some, art is an escape from reality and engrossing themselves in an art project makes them forget about daily struggles and difficult times. From an early age, some are just naturally creative. For them, it's an easy and simple job to do. And, to some, it has changed their lives.
"Art has always been there for me, bringing balance perhaps," says Connie Barrett aka BadKittehCo, one of our vendors at Renderosity. "It is one of the few things that has been a constant presence, I'd say often an anchor to life."
When viewing art, it allows you to jump into the mind of the creator. It's as if they're taking you by the hand and bringing you into their world. It's more than just a blob or an abstract building, it's art. Whether you see it or not, it has a special meaning behind it.
Connie provides us with a short story of how she got into art.
"Perhaps a few life anecdotes may illustrate this best.
My mom says that when I was a baby, on the wall next to my crib there were wall painting made with crayons and Vaseline. Apparently, I loved to take heaps of Vaseline and create impasto surface over my crayon scribbles. Then when I got to toddler age, when my grandpa needed a break from babysitting, he would stretch a paper across a coffee table, give me a box of pens and pencils, and apparently that would keep me occupied for hours.
I've always been like that, trying to make something every chance I got. As I got older and made an attempt at growing up, I ended up in Engineering school--but was very heartbroken that it wasn't art, because, 'art' was not a respectable career-- and took a long detour through trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
Finally, in recent years I had an opportunity to go back to college and work on my second degree, this time in fine arts, trying to, as I see it, get back to what I always wanted to do to start with. It started with taking an art class at a local community college in 2010, just because I never took a 'real art class' and towards the end of the class sheepishly asked the teacher if he thought I could possibly consider going to a 'real' art school. One of the things that stuck out to me was he asked me why I wanted to do it, and the things that came out spontaneously was 'Because I would go crazy if I didn't.' Apparently, that was a good answer.
See, this is what I love about visual media, if I could just draw you a picture, or a sequential story of some sort, I could get much more across then in a few words. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan or literature and read voraciously, but seeing a picture--that's a whole other story."