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Contemporary Artist in Blossom


February 13, 2020

Courtesy of Anthony Cox

Above: Rubi Arzola showing off a few of her recent works of art

Pine Bluffs High School is blessed with an amazing art program. Yet, one student in particular is really taking advantage. Rubi Arzola, a freshman at PBHS, is painting wonders. She impresses many people with her amazing artistic abilities.

When she was asked when and why she started painting, she replied, "When I was younger I used to have a teacher, Mr. Winch, who really kick-started my love for art. Not to toot my own horn, but I was his favorite. When he left school, I had different art teachers, and they taught me new things, also starting my love for art. It was 5th grade that I seriously started to paint/draw. I wanted to be an animator then, but I realised I didn't want to focus on animation, but wanted to explore other art challenges. I have to admit, I was self aware that I was horrible at art. But, I kept trying."

Thinking about that, who and what really inspired Rubi to draw and paint? As she says, she's been doing this since 5th grade, and continuing her journey as an artist. When I asked her that question, she responded, "I really started trying to get better when one of my teachers said I could do art as a living/career. When I first entered 7th grade, I met Mr. Cosner, and he really believed in me. He would teach me higher grade art skills, and push me to try new varieties of art. Then, Mr. Cox came to Pine Bluffs Jr/Sr. High School. At first, I wasn't sure what to think about him because I spent so much time with Mr. Cosner that I thought Mr. Cox wouldn't like my art, and that he wouldn't push me to try harder. But, as I started to know him, and be in his class, I realized that he was amazing at art and knew so much, and I wanted him to teach me. I would ask him what I could do to improve on in my paintings, and what I can learn in the future to put in my art. As months passed, I realized that he is a really good art teacher, and I couldn't ask for a better one."

Coming in August of 2018, Mr. Cox has been an amazing teacher and still is. He pushes you to try your hardest in your projects, and give you tips on how to fix anything. As Rubi Arzola said, she can't wait to see the projects he gives her. "As of now, I'm trying to put out more of my drawings to inspire others to try harder and never give up." Arzola added.

Art can get you lots of scholarships, and when I asked her what she wanted to do with her art in the future, she said "I've been thinking of so many things. Like first, I wanted to be an animator, then I wanted to do digital art to sell, and then I wanted to be an artist in general, but now, I want to be a graphic designer. I don't know whether that's going to change, but I have my mind set on it. I want to attend Casper University, but if that doesn't work, I'll go to the University of Wyoming."

As you can see, Rubi Arzola has a huge future ahead of her, from entering art competitions, to just enjoying painting on her own at home, we know her artistic ability is going to lead her far, and we can't wait to see!


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