Riley O. Schultz lives in Bryan, OH. Her art, “Just One Little Thing” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2016 national art contest. At the time of publication, she was in twelfth grade attending Bryan High School.
The inspiration “Just One Little Thing” comes from her own experiences, and the experiences of many others, with a busy life and dealing with others pushing for you to do favors. As many people know, what others see is much smaller than what is actually going on in everyone’s life.
At school, teachers don’t always see what the home life of the student is and their involved activities are, therefore it is easy for them to require their students to do this, that, and the other. The same can be said for friends, coworkers, bosses, and practically anyone. This is all because they do not see what you actually do in your spare time, however, their requests are necessary in order to keep things moving smoothly, and therefore they cannot be held responsible for their requests. After all, they do not know. It also represents the stress of many people who have taken on so much that one wrong step could lead to disaster. These people often are unable to say no to anything asked of them and continue to add things to their ‘to do’ list.
Personally, this piece has many meanings to her, in many different areas of her own life, and she hopes that she has portrayed these meanings in a way that others may find comfort in knowing that they are not alone in these feelings, circumstances and fears.
Riley is generally a workaholic, who loves martial arts, art, violin, and learning new things. She will be attending The Cleveland Institute of Art in the fall of 2016 to continue her art by studying biomedical Art.