Young Artist Spotlight: Kaitlyn Greenwell

By Allie Reardon

 aitlyn Greenwell is a graduate of the class of 2020 and is currently 18 years old. Since the fourth or fifth grade, Kaitlyn says she’s been involved with the arts, first visual arts, and then later, to a lesser extent, the dramatic. When asked about her connection with the arts Kaitlyn says, “When I was younger I loved to draw and create story ideas. This grew into who I am today, drawing and painting with all different mediums! A friend asked me to do theater, and while I wasn’t completely confident in my speaking abilities, I fell in love with acting out a character and the collaborative atmosphere of a show.”

 hile still in highschool, Kaitlyn was a well-rounded student with varied interests, taking part in cross country, drama club, and Future Problem Solvers. She is currently attending college at Yale University, and plans to major in physics or another STEM-related course.


Q: “Where did your love of art begin?”

A: “When I realized in fifth grade that writing the stories in my head took too long.”

Q: “If you had to pick between never doing traditional art again or never doing digital art again, which would you pick?”

A: “I would pick never doing digital art. There’s something in the act of physically creating that speaks to me more. There’s no ctrl z, and no clipping tools. Every mark I make becomes a part of the piece in some shape or form.”

Q: “Describe your art style in three words.”

A: “Messy, creative, and growing.”

Q: “Do you think being an artist affects the way you approach STEM?”

A: “For sure! When creating an art piece, sometimes you can get lost in the details or the process, but you have to be able to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. It’s the same when approaching things scientifically. There’s a lot of data out there, research has been going on for centuries. It’s important to take a step back and ask bigger questions in order to use the data you find to answer those questions.”

Q: “What’s an art medium you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t had the money or supplies to?”

A: “Oil paint. It’s a medium that has a simple foundation, but to achieve certain techniques you have to buy and use the right tools to get the paint to behave how you want it too. Those can get pretty expensive!”

Q: “What advice do you have for someone who wants to start drawing, but isn’t sure where to start?”

A: “I suppose I’d say to ask why you want to draw in the first place. Maybe you saw a really cool drawing someone did and you want to be able to do that. Or, maybe you watched someone use a certain medium and you were awestruck by what they were able to make out of it. Art often comes down to the inspiration behind it. When you figure out what you want to be able to do, it may make it easier to start. The next steps follow suit, buy the supplies or pick up your pencil and start sketching. Learn from others, and always remember that you are your worst critic. Enjoy it! Art is fundamentally a skill; anyone can learn how to play an instrument, but only those who really enjoy it can truly excel.”

Q: “Where do you find inspiration for your art?”

A: “There are lots of artists that I follow on Instagram who deal with both traditional and digital art forms. When I see pieces of theirs that I love, it reminds me of why I wanted to start drawing. I usually end up grabbing my sketchbook right afterwards!”

Q: “What would you like to see happen in the Meade County Arts Scene?”

A: “Meade County High School had something great in the works, allowing art students to submit their works for a school art show. I’m sure there are other events like this in the community, but what I noticed was there was a disconnect between the student artists and the artists in the community. For art to become an important scene, there needs to be more involvement with the youth. Art shows, lessons, family activities involving art in all of it’s forms would be wonderful to see. In a fancy way of saying it: the students are the artists of tomorrow. I hope that in the future Meade County takes this opportunity to grow with them in mind.”

Q: “If you had to pick one medium to work in for the rest of your life what would you pick?”

A: “It’s tough but I think I’d have to say sketching, or more specifically pencil work. Everything begins with a sketch, and as satisfying as it is to finish a piece, I’ve always loved the sketch more. It captures the initial feeling I got from the subject and it is oftentimes more fun to look at than the finished piece from my experience.”

Q: “Is there anyone you would like to thank for their support throughout your artistic career so far?”

A: “My family, most importantly. They had to deal with me over the years bringing my art to them, even when it was simply scribbles on a sheet. They never missed a beat on telling me how wonderful my work was. It helped a lot to keep me drawing, knowing I had their support.”

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