Student Spotlight: Annette Back
“I was working, had 3 little kids and a household to run. I wasn’t doing anything for my enjoyment or self-fulfillment. I needed more free creative time. The decision to join the art class changed my life!” – Annette Back
When and why did you start taking art classes at The Art Studio NY?
I started taking classes in the fall of 2014. At the time, I was working, had 3 little kids and a household to run. I wasn’t doing anything for my enjoyment or self-fulfillment.
Some friends of mine took me to a paint party at The Art Studio NY for the evening. That night I had a big AHA moment. Since graduating from School of Visual Arts, I had not painted – I used my creativity only for my clients, and that is not the same as expressing yourself freely. I needed some more of that free creative time. The decision to join the class changed my life!
What advice would you tell a total beginner who feels afraid of taking an art class or they feel they “have no talent”?
Go for it. Just try it. Most of the time, if you have the urge to paint, you have the talent within you. It’s just not tapped.
What makes your experience at The Art Studio NY unique and memorable?
I take a weekly class “Dare to Paint: Intermediate Oil Painting” on Wednesdays with instructor/Founder Rebecca Schweiger. The atmosphere, the teacher and the comradely of the students is what makes my art class experience unique and memorable. We all love to be there and help each other. It is inspiring to see the progress and completion of each others work. The feedback is invaluable. I have made friends for life.
What is something you have achieved because of your art classes that you never thought you could?
I have achieved the confidence to go out into the art world and exhibit my work confidently.
What are you most proud of when it comes to your artistic journey?
I have learned to paint freely, experiment, and recognize a happy accident. Also, I am currently building a body of work.
What fears have you overcome, on and off the canvas, since starting to paint?
I have overcome the fear of “doing something wrong” or “messing it up” on canvas.
How have your art classes allowed you to relax and relieve stress?
There is nothing like following your inner voice to create. I love it. I now paint at home as well.
How have your art classes changed your life, either in your art or your everyday life?
Yes, I am now exhibiting, selling, working at home as well as in the studio. I want to paint more now.