I haven’t always wanted to be an artist. In September, this year I was close to filling out my UCAS application for chemical engineering when I thought to myself “is that what you want to do for the rest of your life?” and I almost instantly answered “no!”. I suppose I was driven by the career and status prospects rather than by my genuine interest in the subject. I have come to a point where I am quite comfortable with picking up a pencil and spilling my imagination onto the paper, but this wasn’t always the case. It was mainly through textiles lessons and art competitions in secondary school that I first began to investigate the possibility of creating something of my own. Although I love admiring my final pieces, I was always fascinated by the development stage and how I can undress my initial idea and make changes to it to create entirely different pieces to touch as many human senses as possible. I don’t like to stay in my comfort zone and that’s why I think Art Foundation is an excellent course for me to develop myself as an artist and explore different techniques, research methods and be surrounded by people who will feed into my creative flow. When picking up a new technique I don’t spend hours perfecting it, rather than trying to be good at what I do, I try to be unique. Ralph. W. Emerson once said, “Every artist was first an amateur”. Although I have not done art at GCSE or A Level, my current subjects such as Mathematics often force me to think creatively and outside the box. Although calculations themselves are not creative, proofs are things which stem completely from the human mind. I strongly believe that I didn’t miss out by not taking art on as an academic subject. My surroundings and experiences are what influence my projects and that’s what I try to relay when presenting my work. I have so much room for improvement, suggestions and new ideas but I need an environment which I can thrive in and that will stimulate my creativity so that I can push myself, and that’s why I see myself nowhere else but Central Saint Martins.When I started to do art in my free time, I realised there is more to it than just splattering paint on paper, so I researched and taught myself different techniques such as composition, hatching, contour drawing and others. I am most proud of grasping watercolour and, until this day, it is the medium I feel most comfortable in. As for artists, I look up to Jonas Woods the most: I admire his work simply for the fact that he is able to skilfully mix life studies, sketches and collages to turn a three-dimensional world to the flatness of a picture and be able to convey a bewildering sense of space. After my foundation year, I hope to stay at UAL and possibly study Fashion Communication at degree level; I am not settled on this since I’m not sure how Art Foundation will develop my interests.