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From the very first mo­ment her small hands gripped tightly around the curve of a crayon, Hot Springs High School stu­dent artist Rachel Tyler worked to­ward be­com­ing a full-fledged artist. Al­though she is only a ju­nior at Hot Springs High School, Tyler al­ready has a stack of award-win­ning works in her port­fo­lio. Af­ter some coax­ing from her fam­ily and art teacher, Tyler de­cided to start show­ing off her tal­ent a bit more, and it def­i­nitely paid off.

“I’ve pretty much al­ways been in­ter­ested in art. There hasn’t been a time when I wasn’t mak­ing art; I’ve been do­ing it for years,” she said.

As a child, Tyler said she con­sis­tently had some type of mark-mak­ing tool in her hand. Over the years, her par­ents and art teach­ers rec­og­nized her ex­cep­tional tal­ents and pushed her to pur­sue the craft fur­ther. Even­tu­ally, she be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent tech­niques and medi­ums to learn more about the ar­eas she ex­cels and where she needs to im­prove.

“I just en­joy all as­pects of art. I like the abil­ity to cre­ate your own thing, es­pe­cially por­traits. You can add a lot of ex­pres­sion to the piece,” she said.

Be­cause she is still a stu­dent with sev­eral years ahead of her to ex­per­i­ment with all the dif­fer­ent as­pects of art, Tyler soaks in the op­por­tu­nity to learn any­thing and every­thing she can. Most re­cently, she has be­gun ex­per­i­ment­ing with ceram­ics, oils paints, and con­cep­tu­al­ism through­out her work. Her fa­vorite medi­ums are cur­rently colored pen­cils for works she wishes to spend a lot of time on and water­col­ors for the quicker projects.

“I’m kind of a per­fec­tion­ist so I take a while on each piece. I’ll sit down with some­thing for hours and re­visit it a few times for sev­eral weeks,” she said.

“Some­times I find art ther­a­peu­tic but other times it is the ex­act op­po­site be­cause I’m such a per­fec­tion­ist. I have to have every­thing ex­actly

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