As a minimalist and realist, FPC senior Leah Dunlap finds beauty within simplicity, and doesn’t shy away from getting up close and personal with her subjects. From the day she learned how to hold a pencil to currently creating more slightly convoluted pieces, this Artist of the Month has shown tremendous growth.
Dunlap said, “My mother documented in my youth book that I was going to grow up to be an amazing artist […] During my childhood, I was mainly confined within my room recreating illustrations from coloring books.” Dunlap would observe and capture every line the original artist made so she could have her own personal piece to color instead of theirs.
As her artistic eye grew wider, Dunlap was able to observe and recreate intricate details within images. “I was then able to illustrate more complex pieces, which lead me down the path of realism. I began to draw things I didn’t know I was even capable of doing.”
When looking for inspiration Dunlap stated, “I enjoy going out in nature and photographing the untold artistry of our planet.” She tends to find herself very close to her subjects, determined to capture intricate details.
“I would love to see my artwork expand into more complexity, but for now, I enjoy working with the little things that life has to offer.” Some forms of media Dunlap works with are digital photography, Photoshop, sharpie, and ink.
Her teacher, Mrs. Chelsea Schlaffer, explained, “Leah is a talented artist who is passionate about everything she creates. She is the ultimate perfectionist and doesn’t give up in challenging situations. She has a very bright future ahead of her and I cannot wait to see what she does with her talents!”
As for Dunlap’s future, she plans on pursuing art as a career through majoring in graphic design and marketing. However, she would like to open up her own photography studio and continue graphic design on the side.
Congratulations Leah, keep up the awesome work!