2015-10-10 / The Bullhorn

RCS student’s art on display

By Delaney Sullivan
Bullhorn Editor


RCS junior Carleigh Barbour stands beside her painting, “Rilee,” displayed in the Kirby Gallery. RCS junior Carleigh Barbour stands beside her painting, “Rilee,” displayed in the Kirby Gallery. Carleigh Barbour, a Roxboro Community School (RCS) junior, had five of her art pieces displayed at the Kirby Gallery recently.

A lover of art since she was a child, Barbour started becoming serious about it after reading a book series called Warriors by Erin Hunter when she was in fifth-grade.

The series was about cats, and when she saw the fan art that other fans had drawn, it inspired Barbour to draw characters as good as the other artists’ characters.

Barbour signed up to take a watercolor class in Roxboro and the instructor talked about an upcoming art gallery show at the Kirby.

The show was for members of the Art Guild of Person County, and several of her friends were members and encouraged her to join and take part in the show.

“Of course I wouldn’t turn that down. I was able to choose at most five pieces and submit them into the show,” said Barbour.

In addition to her Kirby showing, Barbour designed a bookmark for the Person County Public Library and won in her age group.

She had also entered a contest to design artwork that would go on shirts for James Garland, a member of RCS alumni Jameson Harris’s band.

Barbour won and received a shirt.

She has done more work for them since then.

She also won Best in Show with her piece, Rilee (pictured above), which was a part of the Kirby Gallery showing. The prize was $100.

Barbour said that when painting, she concentrates on detail; she never likes to leave anything out or make it too blurry.

“My favorite form of art is probably surreal. Though I don’t really have any surreal pieces, I love seeing the ones that other people make. I think it’s very creative what some people can come up with,” said Barbour.

As for advice for aspiring artists, Barbour concluded, “Be patient with yourself and your art if you ever get frustrated.

“I’ve improved so much over the years and it just comes with patience.

“Always make what you want; you shouldn’t worry about what anyone else thinks. That’s a mistake I make too often.

“Art is supposed to reflect your ideas, not others’. If you have no idea what to draw, start with what’s right in front of you.”

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