Taylor Berthelson

Why am I a Studio Art major? Honestly, I have gotten a lot of shit over the years just because I am an art student. If I had a dime for every time I’ve heard the classic “how are you going to make money if you’re an artist?” I would have steady pocketfuls of change. There is definitely a stigma surrounding artists. To that end, I became weary and slightly scared to tell people my interest in my career. I really began doubting myself, even though I genuinely loved art classes. But I also had a love for biology, so when I came to college I thought to major in both biology and art to become a medical illustrator. But something jarring happened and I did not want to be a bio major anymore. I still have interests in that fascinating world but I switched my major to studio art and haven’t looked back. Of course I was still confronted by the occasional doubt but I have got options for the future. 


Art has been a push and pull for me. I have been proud of my work and at other times anxious about it. But I felt the most at home in the studios. There was just this comforting presence and atmosphere in the Fine Arts Center basement. Cesar A Cruz said that “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” I always really liked that statement. I have always had a penchant for creating weird and dark art. I found my niche and I am still continuing to grow. I hope someone can find some kind of comfort when they view my art.

Salem College

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