Q&A with Artist Erin Kaiser

Erin Kaiser ’18 discusses her artistic inspiration and future plans in the world of art.

Madeline Deninger: What kind of mediums do you use?
Erin Kaiser: I like to do portraits of people in pencil. I’ve done a little oil paint, and I also like to do watercolor landscapes or still lifes.

MD: Where do you find inspiration?
EK: Recently I’ve started putting birds in a lot of my portraits because I think they represent a lot of things.

MD: Have you had any mentors in your art?
EK: Probably [City High art teachers] Mr. Close and Dan.

MD: What do you hope to do in the future?
EK: I want to go to an art school. I don’t know if I want to be an artist, but I want to do something with art, so either working in a museum and doing art on the side for people or being an art dealer.

MD: How long have you been into art?
EK: I’ve always drawn, but I first got into drawing people in around seventh grade. I got into it because my mom drew and I would draw with her.

MD: How has art impacted your life?
EK: It’s a huge part of my life. It’s helped me socially. I’m not a very social person, and art helps me express what I’m feeling. I feel like in art class you can easily talk to people, but in other classes it can be harder to just talk to people.