contributed by Madeline Seganish
Senior Madeline Seganish doesn’t remember a time when art wasn’t in her life. Constantly frustrated by her inability to transfer ideas to paper, art didn’t always easily to her.
Nevertheless, Seganish’s love for art was inspired by many aspects in her life.
“The beauty of self-expression and everyone interpreting artwork to fit their own perspective really started to capture me as I met new artists through schools and film camp,” Seganish said. “Music has always been a huge part of my life, and that remains a constant inspiration along with travel. I adore seeing the world through different lenses, and I think travel and spending hours mesmerized in art museums helped me grow my love for art.”
Seganish went to Weaver Academy her freshman and sophomore year. Seganish took a few illustrator/photoshop classes, art appreciation, 3D art and fundamental art classes that helped her improve with proportions and other rules of art.
“(Weaver Academy) was the opening to actually being dedicated and actively involved in art,” Seganish said.
Seganish came to Northwest junior year, taking AP 2D Design and joining National Art Honor Society as Officer of Public Relations. This year, Seganish is taking AP Drawing, and she is co-president of NAHS with senior Grace Reaves.
“(Reaves and I) are honored to help grow passion and a community of supporting artists in our school,” Seganish said.
Seganish enjoys using different mediums in her pieces.
“My favorite medium recently has been oil paint because it allows for such deep colors and texture,” Seganish said. “I have also really enjoyed messing around with mixing mediums and using different canvases like cardboard to paint on.”
Her favorite piece? An acrylic portrait she painted last year of her best friend.
“There is something really sick about painting and studying someone’s face; you notice the little stuff that mold who they are,” Seganish said. “She is such a big part of my life. I am happy with how it turned out and how the colors and atmosphere is warm—it reminds me of her.”
Seganish won two Scholastic Keys last year and the NCASA state painting championship with some oil portraits she painted.
Looking ahead, Seganish is not certain on how to incorporate art into her future plans and college.
“Art is just part of who I am, so I know it will always be an element in my life,” Seganish said. “I am leaning towards industrial, sustainability or environmental design. I hope to keep feeding my passion for art, as well as expanding my academic possibilities and knowledge.”