Last night was my last art show of my high school career…but it was most definitely my best show over the past four years. I had people come up to me all night long, telling me that my work was amazing and that I had true talent. I felt so special last night, and I thank everyone who came to support the arts!

In addition, I would also like to thank a very special person, someone who has continually inspired me to reach for greatness, and to not get discouraged by others: taylorswift. In particular, Taylor, you were the inspiration for my self portrait series, “Clean.” After hearing that song for the very first time back in October, the line that stuck out to me the most was “The water filled my lungs, I screamed so loud, but no one heard a thing.” To me, this line is about suffering through something, and everyone is around, but no one is stopping to help you, or even ask if you’re okay. We all go through this kind of drowning feeling, but most of us will finally reach the surface so we can breathe again. We all have our demons and our insecurities, but they do not define or control us. I decided shoot these photographs to express those drowning feelings we have, and how sometimes we have to let out those emotions. Then, quite recently, I read the above quote, the introduction speech to Clean on the 1989 World Tour. After reading it, I knew that this would relate perfectly to my self portrait piece, and that going through hardships doesn’t have to hinder your blossoming, but can actually enhance you.

I know that these pictures are rather personal, but I am an artist that is not afraid to get close to my camera or my audience. You know Taylor, you and I are not so different in our work. We are both artists. You write about your feelings, and put them on a record; I take pictures capturing my emotions and put them out there for everyone to see. We see the world differently. We both understand and know that not everyone is going to like or appreciate our work, but we put it out there anyway because we know what we feel is right, and in the end, it doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks. I want to thank you for giving me the confidence to put my artwork out on a board for people to look at. Without you by my side, (or really, in my pocket, seeing as all your music is on my phone), I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Thank you,


(to all of my Swiftie followers, would you please reblog this?! It would mean so much to me if Taylor saw my artwork. I love you all)