Shaindy Weichman

I've always been creative. Here and there during my childhood and teenage years I was gifted a couple of drawing lessons. On and off I would find opportunities for creative expression throughout my teenage and young adult life. Whether it was working on a huge banner for a school project with others or constructing a 3D version of an ambulance for my son, or an engagement poster for a neighbor.

I was particularly elated when I discovered that I could take art classes in college and have a few hours a week dedicated to just that. Drawing, painting, photographing, and thinking about art. I was so happy. And I hadn't been happy in a long time.

The charcoal drawing [titled Baileys] was a Drawing 1 class assignment. I had to choose my own objects, rearrange them a few times and sketch them in a small scale. I then had to choose what I thought was the best composition and redraw it in a bigger size. I toiled over this one. I was scared. I was unsure. I didn't think I could do it. I wanted to give up multiple times. I'm so glad I didn't. Even though this piece is dark, still, and kinda somber, it also has a certain regal aura, a quiet strength if you will, to it. This was done in the dead of night, with a low spotlight or two above me.

It reflects some of the personalities within me.
Shaindy Weichman