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Thinking outside the artistic box: March’s featured artist is studying animation

By Logan A. White
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March's Meet The Artist is Nichole Crawford. [Photo submitted

Editor’s note: Teens & 20s writer Logan A. White interviews area teens and twenty-somethings about their careers and/or passion for art monthly.
Nichole Crawford, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, is March’s featured artist. Crawford is majoring in Film with a concentration in Animation. She comes from a visual arts background and enjoys painting and illustrating in her free time. She also is a former Teens & 20s illustrator.
 Teens & 20s: What inspires you most as an artist?
Crawford: I get inspired by the power artists have to creatively convey messages and inspire others. I look at art as a tool to show people my perspective on things that I find hard to put in words. No matter what art you create, you cannot control the message that is taken away from it, but whether negative or positive, if a conversation or even a thought is provoked after experiencing an art piece, then it is successful.
Teens & 20s: When do you feel you made the transition from hobby to passion?
Crawford: Sometime in high school was when I decided that I would pursue an art career. Art has always played an essential role in my life. I knew that I always wanted to work doing something that I love so that it wouldn’t feel like an obligation.
Teens & 20s: What other form of art have you always wanted to try?
Crawford: I think taking contemporary dance classes could be really fun. I read more…

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