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    Inner Beauty - Sonia Arellano 
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Sonia Arellano

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    A runner-up Artwork Winner for Illuminations Volume 17 and a published contributor of five pieces in Volume 18, Sonia Arellano is an eclectic artist with talents in the acrylic paint, paper mache, scratch board, and photography realms. Sonia spoke with us about her ambitions for her future and her pride in her present accomplishments.

    Illuminations: You mentioned in your Volume 18 biography that you “have dreams and goals” for your future and that you’re “determined to make them a reality.” What specifically are those dreams and goals, and how are you doing in making them happen?

    Sonia:  A HUGE goal and dream that I have been pursuing is a career as a lawyer in the fields of immigration and criminal law. I am aware that becoming a lawyer will take time and commitment, but I am determined to achieve it. I truly find the law system to be very interesting—so interesting that I am willing to complete many more years of education in order to accomplish my goal. I am pursuing this career because I would love to help those in need of legal assistance. I think I am doing pretty well so far in making this dream a reality. I am about to graduate from Southeast Community College with an Associates of Arts Degree, which I believe is a good start. After I graduate, I plan to attend UNL and search for a law school.

    I: Congratulations on the upcoming graduation! You also mentioned in your biography that your family has always been supportive, but that you keep going for your daughter. How do you encourage your daughter’s artistic side, and how did your family respond to your publication in Illuminations?

    S: I encourage my daughter’s artistic side by sharing with her what I love to do—paint! I sit down with her, give her some painting supplies, and let her imagination go wild. I let her paint whatever comes to her. I ask her to tell me about her paintings, and I get all sorts of elaborate stories from her!

    My family was very happy and proud to see my artwork published in Illuminations.

    I: Glad to hear it. You have such a varied collection of artwork in Volume 18: a portrait of a peacock titled “Inner Beauty,” an urban roof-top landscape, a graphically designed mantra against bullying, and a charcoal scratched piece of a vigorous cat. What was behind each of these pieces, and what different media did you use? What attracts you to so many different topics, styles, and moods for your artwork?

    S: For “Inner Beauty” and “Stop Bullying,” the medium I used was acrylic paint. The landscape was photography, and “Wild Cat” was scratched with a scraper into a scratch board. 

    Most painters have a main subject that they focus on in their paintings. I myself don’t just paint one thing. I paint a variety of subjects, and it all depends on how I feel. The subjects of my paintings are either bright and full of color or interesting and abstract and communicate a strong message. There are times I like to add a twist to some of my paintings. I figure out what can be done or added to a painting in order to make it uniquely interesting.

    I: Volume 17 saw three more varying artwork pieces from you, including a delightful photo of your daughter. Do you enjoy photography as much as other types of artwork? Which medium is your favorite to work in?

    S: I do enjoy photography! I take pleasure in capturing moments and emotions so that they will not be forgotten. My favorite medium to work in, however, would have to be acrylic painting. After every finished painting, I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. Painting for me is about self-expression. I believe that art can truly help others because there will always be people who feel the same way but cannot express it themselves.

    I: Where do you see yourself as an artist in ten years?

    S: In ten years, I see myself having my own painting studio equipped with painting supplies, easels, and my finished artwork. I would have all the space I needed and wanted. I would be able to dedicate time and find motivation in my own space.

    I: Sounds wonderful! What advice would you offer someone who wanted to stretch her artistic wings but wasn’t sure how to get started?

    S: If you are having a hard time getting the creative juices flowing, try starting with what you know. Don’t rush; be patient, and hopefully, something will come to you. Just keep on doing it—even if you “fall down.” Get back up no matter how hard it is to do so. DON’T GIVE UP!

    I: That’s good advice for all of us! And finally, the silly question of the day: Would you rather be three inches taller or three inches shorter–and why?

    S: I definitely would rather be three inches taller. I am already short, and I probably don’t need to be any shorter than I am now!

    I: Hah! Thanks, Sonia!