School: Juneau-Douglas High School.
Art of choice: painting.
Reason: "The fact that it is such an open media is what really attracts me to painting. I've experimented with many other forms, and found that I was drawn to the freedom that paint allows. You can go in so many directions with painting, making it really impossible to be bored."
Experience: "I've been painting since I was a toddler and all throughout preschool but got serious about about it during my sophomore year in high school when I had a painting class with Mr. Manning."
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All in the family: "My mom was also a high school artist, and my sister has been involved in art through the Juneau School District too. We have always visited museums, studied artists and had art materials and opportunities to create around our home."
Favorite artists: "When I was little, I loved Georgia O'Keefe for her use of color. More recently I was inspired by the work and lives of Marc Chagall and Paul Gaugin. Right now my favorite artist is Elmer Bischoff, because the emotion in his painting transcends his subject. I have always enjoyed Expressionism, and am now experimenting with Abstractionism since an amazing class I took at this year's Art Fest."
Future plans: "I'd like to be a fine artist for the rest of my life. I am aware, though, that painting is usually not a realistic source of income and that it may only be a life hobby for me."
Future plans: "I'm going to take one more art class with the Mannings at the high school, as well as a painting class at the University of Alaska Southeast in the fall, and then will graduate in January. My family and I are moving to a small town in Oregon after that, and I am applying to Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland to get my Bachelor of Fine Arts."
Activities: "I'm a member of Juneau People for Peace and Justice and Peace For All, the JDHS student group for peace and social justice."
You should know: "When I was little I talked to angels."
Her teacher, Tom Manning, says: "Ione has really focused on several paintings this year and through them she has been experimenting with both her style and a very personal expression. She selected her family as the subject matter for her AP Art Studio 'Area of Concentration' but the emphasis became the manner in which she portrayed them. Her painting depicting her father and a sibling (brother?) as a young child that was displayed in the State Art show is very powerful in both composition and emotional expression."
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.