I remember so vividly my first day in art class when I was in the eighth grade Mr. Charles Shea kicked me out of class for being a clown, but throughout the year he saw something special in me that no one had ever seen before and the last day of that school year he asked me to meet him outside the school. He came out with two boxes full of art supplies and said to me “Promise me you will not stop creating and continuing to paint because there is something special about you that you need to bring out”. I never forgot Mr. Shea and I haven’t stopped my art pursuit ever since. My junior year in high school I received a scholarship to attend Rhode Island School of Design’s pre-college summer program where I discovered art history, lots of charcoal, out of the box thinking, drawing sounds and dreams all in one amazing summer. Art is very special to me and even though I don’t have a formal art education it is a big part of my life story. Art has given me access to many things that I never would have thought possible.