Last month, Red River College held its 12th annual Student Art Show and Auction at The Forks. I have probably shot this assignment three or four times that I can remember and it is always a pleasant experience to walk among the students as they work on their pieces. I really like looking over their shoulders; it reminds me of my days in post-secondary school.
I took a moment to photograph Annalee Giesbrecht's piece up close and then asked her what the scariest thing she was facing as she approached her graduation this spring.
"Ha, Ha, ha... finding a job. I did a degree before this and this is the sixth year of education after high school. I am really looking forward to getting a good job so I can start paying off my student loan, instead of just accumulating more of them."
What is the hardest part about being an artist?
"The uncertainty of putting those skills to work."
What would you say is your best quality as an artist?
"I have a lot of traditional art skills. I spent a lot of time just straight up learning how to draw. So, now I can adapt those skills to doing more stylized things, I have a good foundation."
Ok, I left the big question until the end. What happened to your glasses?
"I was walking home from breakfast with friends one day and it was minus 30 degrees out like it has been for the last month or so and when I was taking my scarf off they fell off my face and they just cracked when they hit the ground."
Hopefully, Annalee will be able to get a good job and afford to buy some new glasses soon.