Johee Shin just completed her junior year at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. While she has focused on art as she’s grown older, her parents allowed her the freedom to experience many different activates like ballet, tap, jazz, swimming, golf, tennis, piano, violin, and flute. She decided out of those activities that art was her future path and has dedicated herself to it whole-heartedly.
Johee’s talent has been reflected in our national art contest, as she has been selected as a Top Ten Winner in three different contests, and published a total of five times. Below are her Top Ten pieces: Primal Desires, Inner Sanctum, and Tethered (shown at the bottom).
My art teachers often told my mom that I had a lot of potential when I started going to an art studio in 8th grade. It was a new place where I could work on my own and be inspired by fellow artists around me. By producing work and getting to improve my skills I was allowed to explore various techniques and build on my talents. I entered the contest Celebrating Art in the 9th grade where I managed to receive three Top 10 awards. They are all still-lives and landscapes since I was still learning the foundations of painting during that time period. I have explored different kinds of medium, but oil still seems to be my favorite. I am still learning as an artist and have plenty of room for improvement. I also have been experimenting with watercolor recently to find my own unique style that would differentiate me from other artists.
Whenever I am stressed out about school or I just need a break, I turn to painting, as it is therapeutic to me. My current top priority is my AP art portfolio. I have matured a lot through the making of this portfolio as it has given me a chance to try out new styles as I go in-depth in my concentration. I still attend the private studio that I started with in 8th grade as well as my public school art class. I am now starting my college art portfolio and my future plans still revolve around an art career. If I am really meant to be an artist, I will end up as an artist. I plan to use my talents to serve God!
Congratulations to Johee again on her incredible successes thus far. To learn more about our national art contest, visit www.celebratingart.com.