Athena Co is a first year petroleum engineering major. She played basketball in high school as well as piano. In SWEcret talents she shows us her hidden talent of drawing.
Athena first started drawing in middle school. When describing how she came about her talent
says, she says, “I would stay back after school and work on small art projects, sculptures, and clay and that was always really fun to me.” She especially loves water colors because of their ability to blend effortlessly and the fact that mistakes can easily be covered up. Drawings with color pencils are also easily fixed with a couple of wax pencils, which is why it is also one of her favorite mediums.
During her growth as an artist, Athena says her freshmen art teacher didn’t even like her art. She would have to sketch out what she wanted to do multiple times before she could actually start on the real sketch paper. In contrast, her friend could “squirt paint right onto the canvas and [the teacher] would just let her go with it.” For her AP art class, she drew a series of paintings centered around addictions after her teacher suggested she go for something more dark and with substance. This led to the creation of some of the drawings shown.
Her talent has helped her in her everyday life too. As a perfectionist, Athena’s drawing skills are very handy when drawing things like 3D graphs for math. During Pictionary, she only needs to draw a few strokes for her team to correctly guess.
Athena says she loves art because “You can express anything you want, it doesn’t have any limits to it, and you can draw anything”. She finds that the freedom that comes with art is a very attractive quality that keeps her painting. She also likes the freedom of interpretation that comes with art. The same piece can hold multiple different meanings for different people. For example, one of her teachers had interpreted a clock painting she drew as depicting the end of the world, seeing buildings in her piece. Athena says she was very impressed with this deep analysis when she saw it as simply her “impressionistic drawing of a clock”.