If she had to pick, Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Leonardo da Vinci would be some of Antonella Mendola's inspirations. However the grade 12 student from Cathedral High School is hoping to find her own artistic style at McMaster University, as one of 30 talented students admitted into the Studio Arts Program this upcoming September.
Looking at her painting of Hayley Atwell, from the series Agent Carter, Mendola explained how she used acrylic paint to create an Andy Warhol inspired graphic.
"I like art because it's a way that I can express myself through my drawings, and I love mixing and blending colours and making things vibrant."
Mendola was one of many secondary students showcasing their artwork at the 751 Create “Brushes in the Hammer” Art Exhibit. The exhibit is an annual event created to highlight the young talent hidden within the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.
Also showing her work was Juliette Drury, a grade 11 student from St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School.
Drury's piece, titled "Wolf," is a stylized depiction of half of a wolf's face using acrylic paint.
While her love of art stems from her artistic mother, Drury's passion goes beyond the canvas.
"I want to go into the tattoo industry," she said. "I love the idea of giving someone a piece of art that will mean so much to them. It's wonderful."
Aligning with Hamilton's Art Crawl, Brushes in the Hammer became an extension of the art scene already celebrated within the city.
Filling the Vasco Da Gama Club with an array of colours, mediums, and textures, each piece told its own story and stood as a reminder of the power of art and the vibrancy exploding in our school community.
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