Local artist taking small steps in big career

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

The artist chose the Port Theater as the subject because she thought it was “the most aesthetically appealing building in town.”

Though she draws free-hand on occasion, Rish feels that watercolors are the best expression of her art and likes the fluidity of painting.

The artist is currently taking commissions and is midway through a painting of the Methodist Church in Port St. Joe.

“I’ve really enjoyed it,” said Rish. “It’s a beautiful church.”

She reported that most people who request commissions give her free reign to paint whatever she wants. While for some, that could overwhelm some, Rish said that it forces her to think about the person’s personality and really consider what they would for the end result.

A painting may take her a few days or a few weeks to finish and is dependent on how much time she has to work.

Rish said she is appreciative of the support and encouragement she has seen from the community, her family, her teachers and her friends at school. After graduating high school, Rish is interested in careers in both the arts and psychiatry. She excited to explore the potential of art therapy.

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