If there was only one specific thing in life that I could say has inspired me to be an artist, hands down it would be the Sistine Chapel in Italy. This was a tour that my family and I took in 2005. We went to the Vatican and then the tour of the Sistine Chapel. I have never spent such a vast amount of time in awe. Every wall, ceiling, floor, door, wood panel, and light fixture was immaculately placed in the rooms. I can’t quite recall the number of rooms that we went through (and we couldn’t take pictures, which made me want to cry). I do, however, remember that the tour took over 3 hours, and I spoke very few words throughout it. If you want me quiet and calm, show me paintings or animations. I get so relaxed and at ease with life, regardless of the stresses, if I am interpreting a painting and enjoying the beauty that the artist took to create it. I try to feel what they felt. I try to understand their journey. It makes it all unique and exciting.
But in reality, the ceiling is much- much more than just that piece. That piece is the center of a massive masterpiece.
When walking through this chapel, I was the happiest I may have ever been in my entire life. I felt like I was being spoken to about my reasoning for being on earth. That reason is art. Since then I have dedicated my school focus and time to art. I will never forget what inspired me to be amazing.