Sophomore Spotlight

Blake Hargrove

From the Artist

My name is Blake Hargrove. I’m from Prague, Oklahoma and I am an art education major. I enrolled in the ECU Art Dept. in the fall of 2010.  I took the first levels of painting and ceramics last semester and am currently taking design I & II and watercolor.  A pencil is what I am most comfortable and competent with. What I have grown to understand with  a pencil the most is the use of value. To me it’s the subtle changes in value that create my pieces; and pencil is the media in which I can manipulate the piece in whatever way I see fit.  However, during my time here, I have been exposed to other media and have grown to enjoy them as much as I do pencil; and where I used to be a very visual artist, I now try to explore more abstract methods and concepts in new media.  I like to do the best job I can on each piece as far as my talents allow and I love to compete against other artists.  After I graduate I plan to pursue an MFA. 

Blake Hargrove pencil

Blake Hargrove pencil SRV

Blake Hargrove ceramic

Blake Hargrove pencil

Blake Hargrove charcoal

Blake Hargrove colored pencil

Blake Hargrove oil on canvas

Blake Hargrove watercolor

Blake Hargrove water color


Sophomore Spotlight

Ruthie Bustamante

     Artist Statement

My life is ever-changing and so is the Art I create. As an artist I perceive life from another view as most artists do. I believe in balance and harmony which is why I recently upon my arrival at East Central University felt a deep connection with sculpture. More specifically as an upcoming artist I have found that manipulating clay into an array of ceramic sculptures have satisfied me as an artist. I produce figurative, non-figurative, utilitarian, non-utilitarian, and many other authentic forms of hollow sculptures. I have many ambitious plans for my future and plan to use the techniques I have and are acquiring in college to complete my journey through life as an artist of integrity and creativity. I have gathered that knowing yourself is a powerful tool when beginning a piece, working with a material, knowing when the piece is truly finished, and most importantly commitment.

 

Ruthie Bustamante at the pottery wheel

Ruthie Bustamante Ceramic work

Ruthie Bustamante Ceramic work

Ruthie Bustamante Ceramic work

Ruthie Bustamante Ceramic work

Ruthie Bustamante Ceramic work

Ruthie Bustamante Ceramic work

Ruthie Bustamante Ceramic work

Ruthie Bustamante Ceramic work

 

Ruthie Bustamante Ceramic work


Guillermo Martinez

Landscape by Guillermo Martinez

abstract painting by Guillermo Martinez

cubist painting by Guillermo Martinez


Candace Sweatt

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed making art—whether it was with crayons when I was a kid or, more recently, with a pencil or paintbrush in hand. And, for some reason, I’ve always had a sort of fascinated preoccupation with recreating exactly what I see. “Practice makes perfect,” is what they say and though (at this time) the art I create may be far from perfect, I’ve certainly gained a more discerning eye when it comes to detail. I adore realism and I love to find the most mundane, unassuming object and turn it into a visual treasure that’s impossible to ignore. I excel mostly in the 2-D arts, such as graphite drawings, but I’ve also come to have a soft-spot in my heart for ceramics and sculpture too.

  


Spencer Tracy