Sabrina Renee Shaw | Fine Artist
My name is Sabrina and I’m a 24 year old art student at the University of North Texas working on my Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration on drawing and painting. I hope to graduate next summer. Who knows where life will take me after that – possibly moving across the country, out of the country, or finding a grad school to attend. I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a part of me, on a deeper level than most people can fathom. Art is in my nature.
1. What kind of art weapons do you use to CREATE?
I don’t like to limit myself, so I keep my media options open. However, I am most comfortable with using graphite (2H, F and 3B) with minimal charcoal or oil paints. In regards to paint brushes, I only use angular ones. Angular brushes give me the most control and when it comes to oil painting I want all the control I can get. I do a lot of doodling, and that weapon of choice is Micron Pens sizes 8, 5, 1, 005
2. When was the moment you fell in love with ART?
I think I may have always been in love with art – my mother has kept several of my drawings from even before I started school. I took art classes as my electives all throughout middle and high school. I stopped for a while after high school, but when I picked it back up a few years ago it felt so right. I sometimes wonder why I ever let myself stop.
3. What is your purpose to CREATE?
I don’t have a purpose so much as to what helps me create, but creation is my purpose for living. I live to create. Bringing things to life or giving living things a second chance to become something more than they once were, are the equivalent of oxygen for me. Art gives ME purpose. It’s my therapy, my muse, my way of life. Sometimes I lose track of that in art school when it becomes more of a job than a hobby, but I always dig deep and remember what it all really means to me.
4. Is there a particular message you want to communicate through your artwork?
I don’t have any one message I try to communicate through my work. I’d never want to tell anyone directly what they are supposed to think about it. I want them to relate to it in their own way. I try not to consciously think about what I’m about to create and let my subconscious shine through (which isn’t always pleasant, i.e. my current body of work). In school, they try to get me to talk about my art work, but in all honesty I don’t even know exactly what possesses me to create what I do. It’s all mostly done by feeling.
5. What is your meaning behind the word, “philARThropy?”
Putting others before yourself. It’s a way to give back and be apart of a community. I’m not a huge fan of money (seeing as how I always have very little) so I don’t want it to be primarily about selling work to give money to charity. I think it’s more about teaching, inspiring, and stimulating the minds of others to create or be apart of something more than just themselves.
6. How do you plan on using your creativity & imagination to give back to your community & make a difference?
I’d love to be able to teach people of all ages about art. Be it through volunteer work, teaching in schools, or just giving tips and tricks when ever I’m asked.
7. What would be your contribution to the art community?
Hopefully my positive outlook on the art world. I’m not a fan of pretension and I think everyone should be viewed equally. Art is relative and not ONE person should be able to say who is good and who isn’t. Everyone is an artist and everyone is a good artist.
8. What advice would you give to a young artist who is trying to find their spot in the art world?
Stay true to yourself. Let other artists influence you in a positive way and feed your inner creative beast. Don’t put yourself down thinking other artists, or people in general, are better than you. We all have something special about us. Even if someone doesn’t like what you create, there will always be someone out there who it inspires and they will look up to you and your work. Time and money may not always be on your side, but just keep pushing through and being strong and you will come out on top and be proud of what you have accomplished.
9. If you had the chance to collaborate with another artist, what would be the #1 thing on your art bucket list of creative projects you’d like to complete?
I’d like to gather lot of artists and go around to different places with under privileged children and make hand sewn stuffed animals with them. As well as little sculptures and drawings. I want to inspire them, give them hope, and stimulate their creative minds. I want to be able to share that with other artists, and the community.
10. What kind of art legacy do you want to leave with the world?
I don’t want to be the one to say what my legacy is. All I hope is that I leave a positive impact on those who I come in contact with. I don’t care to be famous, or rich. I just want to do what I love and be happy with myself and my work, and inspire others to create.