April 25, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
Brooke Ridgway, “Imaginist At Heart, Artist By Hand”
By: Hannah Childress
Since the day she learned how to draw, Brooke Ridgway, Sophomore and Artist at McNary High School, has had a passion for art. Ridgway is currently in Advanced Art at McNary. She has taken all the art classes offered at McNary and on top of that, took the two art classes that were offered at Blanchet, the middle school she attended.
Whether it’s for ten minutes, or ten hours after school, Ridgway practices drawing, painting, etc. “Some days I’ll practice for ten minutes, other days it’ll be 10 hours. It really depends on what I’m working on at the time.” Ridgway states.
”Everything is art. Art has helped me find the beauty in everything.” Brooke stated that this is the reason how art has inspired her.
For college, Ridgway is interested in attending Portland Art Institute, Cornell University, Cal Arts, or Columbia University. There she plans to major in art and pursue her passion.
Artists including, Claude Monet, Edward Hopper, Rebecca Sugar, Van Gogh, and anyone from the impressionist era artistically inspires Ridgway.
Ridgway’s favorite teacher at McNary is her art teacher Mr. Mark Kohley. Ridgway stated, “Kohley is a great teacher. He lets students express themselves through art.” When Kohley talked about Ridgway he stated, “Ridgway learns really fast and is willing to take artistic chances.” Kohley believes Ridgway has the potential to do anything she would like to do in the future artistically.
Ridgway recently entered four of her art pieces in the McNary Art Show at the Keizer Heritage Center and ended up taking second place! She is proud that she did so well and can consider it her greatest art achievement. Ridgway is excited for the McNary Art Show next year and is hoping that she will be able to take first place.
Since day one, Ridgway’s parents have been supporting her passion for art. Her parents buy her the supplies she needs and loves how she can express herself through a painting, or drawing. Each of Ridgway’s art pieces has a meaning. No matter what it is she is creating, there’s always a reason for it.
When Ridgway gets older, she would love to enter into more art shows and have her artwork in local coffee shops, and galleries. brooke stated that, “she will continue to create art for the rest of her life.”