Editor’s Note: Student Spotlight is a new series highlighting a high school student in the arts. It will appear every week in Scene.
Yazmin Castillo, a 17-year-old senior at Roaring Fork High School, has been an artist for as long a she can remember. The Post Independent sat down with her during her Tuesday AP art class with Cathleen McCourt to talk about her earliest memories of art, her exhibit at Roaring Fork Family Physicians and her future as an artist.
Post Independent: What’s one of the earliest memories you have of being interested in art?
Yazmin Castillo: I remember I went to Black Friday. First, I saw these two ladies fighting over a vacuum, but then I was walking down the aisle, and they had these big boxes, and they had easels and acrylic paints and brushes. And I was so excited about getting it. It was in Texas because we went to visit my family for Thanksgiving. And I begged my dad to buy it for me. He’s always supported me liking art, and he’s always wanted me to draw more, so he bought it for me. And then that afternoon, I right away when we got home to my aunt’s house, I opened it, and then she wanted me to draw a giraffe, so I drew a giraffe. I’ve been drawing since I was little.
PI: What’s your favorite medium to work in?
YC: I do a variety of things. I like painting. I like drawing. I like getting a lot of detail into things.
PI: Tell me about the work you have on display at Roaring Fork Family Physicians.
YC: Last year, they displayed artwork from the AP students, and I guess they really liked it, and it brought in a lot of community members to our art show. So now this year, [Mrs. McCourt] is choosing a student or two to display every month.
PI: What are you working on in class today?
YC: We had to use a map for inspiration for this project. So I did a human heart, but it includes the maps of the United States and Mexico and the Rocky Mountains, so just the places where I call home.
PI: Do you think you’ll continue to pursue art?
YC: I feel like it’s definitely something I don’t want to lose in the future, but what I’m really interested in right now is pediatrics because I really like kids.
PI: In general, what do you love about art?
YC: It gives me somewhere to escape to. Whenever I’m not in the best mood, I can just come to my painting and my artwork. Especially when I’m painting, I just love how the paint is on the paint brush, and it just glides on the board and leaves patterns. It’s just another form of relaxing.
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