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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.”