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