Local artist taking small steps in big career

Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 09:20 AM.

Once she became serious about her art, she bought books on the subject and took classes, including step-by-step painting. Though she learned a lot, she said that she felt restricted after a while.

Rish said, “I wanted to do my own thing and make something cool.”

After painting different subjects, the artist has found landscapes to be the most fun she finds herself inspired by trees and “the way that the light catches them.”

Over the summer, Rish volunteered alongside a group of High School students and worked with the 21st Century Enrichment program at Port St. Joe Elementary. Hodges brought her in to assist with students in grades one through six that were creating art for the Centennial Celebration. Rish say it as a great way to spread her love of art and also get some hours to be put toward a Bright Futures Scholarship.

Rish lead the class of children step by step through a watercolor painting of the Port Theater. She utilized basic shapes, colors and a whole lot of patience.

“It was daunting, but it was really awesome,” she said. “It was interesting to see people so young be so excited about life.”

Though she was nervous about teaching, she enjoyed the process of creating alongside the young students and learned to adapt to their learning style.

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