by: Kit Allen, Tomball, Texas
Don't exclude me because I'm different; include me because I am UNIQUE!
quote by: Daniela M., 8th Grade, Sarasota Middle School - Sarasota, Florida
teacher: Daphne Bazenas
As a youth I was part of a family that moved frequently. I regularly found myself in communities that were unfamiliar with my background. I learned at an early age that anyone can be a friend. It doesn’t matter if you belong to the same culture, religion, or even speak the same language. All that matters is “being nice” or as the title of my artwork states, “be a friend. My experiences with seeking out and being sought out by nice people encouraged my artistic talent to be used as a tool to uplift others. Often I work in a “childlike” manner, of bold lines and bright color. I try to capture the innate innocence of a child that is so worthwhile to the rest of us. The innocence that looks past the physical and sees the light inside.