Loving Art

Art has captivated me since early childhood.From myfirst macaroni and glue project to my most recent attempts at anatomical studies, art has grown from a mild interest to an integral part of what defines me.The constant challenge of updating and improving technique and styles, as well as continuously finding new inspiration, has always brought me deep satisfaction.
I can still vividly remember the precise moment when art really came into my life.Itfirst piqued my interest while I was a primary student in New Jersey.I was sitting at my table, visibly grumpy, while the other children cheerily threw paste and pasta onto a sheet of poster paper.I had just finished my macaroni man, but instead of proudly wanting to show it to the teacher, I sat there confused.I intuitively knew there was something more to art than that.However, for the next few months, this was the caliber of work that was expected of us.I asked the teacher if I could do something else, something harder, but she merely smiled and told me my macaroni project looked "pretty".It was obvious, even to a child like me, that I would not get help with my newfound interest.At that moment, I found my resolve.If I were to progress, it would have to be on my own accord.For thefirst time in my life, I became cognizant that only through hard work and dedication could I ever achieve anything meaningful–and for thefirst time in my life, I wanted more than ever to do so.
The next year I moved back to Beijing.Unlike countless other fleeting childhood interests, art stayed with me. After practicing for a year with little to show for it, in the later part of the third grade, I sought professional help.Luckily, the father of a close friend happened to teach drawing.This man, Mr. Lee, would be myfirst true art teacher.Before I met him, I only drew aliens and dinosaurs.That quickly changed after Mr. Lee introduced me to …