Hartley Carter is a sophomore Communication Arts major from Amarillo in the beautiful state of Texas. She recently sat down with the Eagle to discuss a bit about her passion for visual arts. Hartley has a wide range of talents, but especially enjoys working with photography, painting, sketching, and digital designs. You can see more of Hartley’s work on her Behance profile.
Eagle: What first caught your fancy about visual arts?
It seems that I’ve always been drawn to being an artist.
I remember in the 2nd grade, my teacher gave everyone in the class a bunny coloring page. Everyone colored typical colors of a bunny and called it good, but I colored a spotted bunny surrounded by lots of flowers and clouds high up in the sky. I was different.
When I was little, I knew my dad was an artist and I looked up to and respected him— I wanted to be just like him.
Eagle: What is your favorite thing about your process of creating art?
The simple thing is, I just like coming up with ideas!
Eagle: The hardest part?
Finishing projects! Sometimes I get really frustrated if it’s not looking how I want it to.
Eagle: What is the favorite work you have done?
I have two favorites. One is the painting of the lady, just because that’s one of the first big paintings that I’ve ever done and I like all the colors and lines. And the other one is a painting that I did of my dad and his dad standing by a truck, it was a replica of a picture. My dad loved it so much, because I had captured the way his dad stood, and the tone of the picture. So that’s why I love it, because he loved it so much!
Eagle: Do you have a favorite medium in which to work?
I like drawing a lot, and no matter what I do, I end up drawing a lot, whether it’s a painting or just a picture, drawing is always involved.