I ‘ll never forget the first time I picked up a paintbrush in pre-school. When I was done making a mess, my teacher called me a natural Picasso as I picked dried paint from my nails. Although I didn’t quite understand what that meant back then, I sensed it was a compliment — and so was born a self-fulfilling prophecy I’ve carried with me ever since. In elementary school, I won a county-wide art contest to create a drawing of the future; in middle school, I got suspended for using my protractor to sketch a cast of cartoon characters in math class; in high school, I borrowed a friend’s camera and the images it yielded earned Gold for a national photography competition; in college, I learned all about graphic design, videography and the art of creating magazines. Once I graduated, I published a book of poetry and started creating masterpieces to hang on my walls. Although I never pursued a career as an artist, I do find tons of inspiration in being creative, and have always gravitated toward people who see the world a little differently. Because, after all, creative minds have the power to change the world.JORGE ARAUZ, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF.
“Although we all arrive into the world as a blank canvas, life immediately begins to add color, texture and inspiration.”
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