Conducted by Sydney Joy
My name is Luca Ridley, I'm seventeen years old and I'm from Tennessee!
Why do you make art?
I make art because it's a good way to get my emotions out and it's also just really fun :)
What are your goals as an artist?
My goals as an artist are to improve my art and express myself fully through my art, I want my art to represent me and give kind of a window into my mind
What are your favorite things to draw?
My favorite things to draw are definitely people and faces, I love how unique and beautiful every person is
What’s your favorite medium, and why?
I use a lot of different mediums, but I'd have to say that just regular dollar store pens and graphite pencils are my favorite
What forms of art inspire you?
I love abstract and surreal art, I love seeing art that is funky and unique and strange. Playing with colors, shapes, making things look "uglier", it all inspires me
What other forms of art can you see yourself trying?
I would love to get into pottery and sculpting, I've never seriously tried it out before and I think it would be sick
Do you find more community through being an artist, or solitude?
I definitely do, whenever artists find each other there's always so much positivity and love and support, it makes your art and your interests feel more valid.
Do you believe that artistry is a valid career? Is it something you have considered pursuing?
Yes I do, I know many people say that it isn't a good way to make money and that you should have a "real job" but honestly if you enjoy what you make and other people will buy it then you should go for it. I have considered it and I'm trying to sell some of my art currently
Do you see a tie between art and politics? Do you see that tie in your own work?
I do, art is a good way to express feelings and emotions and politics can definitely be put into art, as far as my own work I can see some ties to politics but most of it is representing my feelings and emotions.
Do you feel that you’ve been taught to be an artist, or have had to learn on your own?
I've been drawing my whole life, I've never had any professional lessons I've just gotten better through the years
Do you feel supported by the adults in your life, as a young artist?
I definitely do feel supported by the adults in my life and I'm very grateful for that, my family has always supported my art and I think that's why I was able to improve so much
What could this community do to support you as an artist?
This community is so sweet and so loving and I appreciate everything you guys do, just being here and enjoying my art is enough :)