Artist Spotlight: Calista Sherwood

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Artist Spotlight: Calista Sherwood

Jasmine Gabriel-Menegay, Bleu Print Staff

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If artwork had a personality, it would speak and act like Calista Sherwood(’24). Calista lets her pencil dictate which path to take instead of coming up with the idea herself. While living in the hectic world of a Freshmen, she calms her anxiety with gorgeous and fantastical art that, unfortunately, ends up as homework most of the time.

“I mostly draw as a way to pass the time and sometimes you’re just in the mood to draw something, it’s just nice to do something with your hands when you’re listening to a teacher talk,” Sherwood said when asked why she does art.

“It’s just fun you know, it’s something that I’m good at and I enjoy creating things that I’m able to be proud of,” Sherwood said. “It doesn’t last for long but it does make me happy. I did this one-piece with a rainbow sunset over some mountains and I was really happy with the way it turned out.”

When asked to recount when she began drawing she said she had just started.“[I started drawing] when I was a ‘wee small child’ and could actually hold stuff, I tried to draw a bird nest ‘cause you know it’s just a bunch of scribbles and with my uncoordinated toddler hands, I was like yes, I will do art,” Sherwood said as she described the noble and creative start to her hobby. Calista is also recognized by her peers as an amazing and trustworthy artist and person. She is also an outstanding calculator case painter according to her friends and peers.

Phoebe Harris, a ninth-grader and fellow artist, says that “Calista’s art is some of the best I’ve seen in Chelsea.”

Everyone has their own unique style. Art is like a signature.”

— Calista Sherwood

Calista describes her artwork as mainly free-flowing and without any specific shape.

“I believe my art reflects the part of me that just doesn’t care anymore,” she said. “A mistake is just a mistake, it’s not going to kill anyone.” Following this statement, Calista also declared that “every artist’s work often portrays their personality. I know that if I cared more about my mistakes, I would definitely be drawing differently. This is just something I do for fun so my style kinda reflects that; I know professional artists have a certain, distinctive style. It’s usually a lot more finished. The style [of an artist’s work] just kinda reflects on the artists, it’s unique and personal to every person. I’ve never seen anyone draw the way I have nor have I seen anyone draw the same way as any other person has.”