Eye On Art: Brigid Ogle finds passion in artistic expression

Janka Gerber

Art means something different to each person who chooses to create art. For senior Brigid Ogle, art is something that helps her to express herself. 

“I love expression. Just being able to manipulate certain mediums and colors to your specific taste to make something that can be meaningful to everyone in the world, certain groups of people, or even just yourself is so cool to me. You can make something completely your own and inspire others through it,” Ogle said.

Ogle is currently in AP Art Studio 2 and World Art, and has taken many other art classes over the years such as AP Art Studio 1, Art Fundamentals, Drawing 1 and 2, Painting 1 and Sculpture 1, honing her talent through each course. Her typical medium for art is acrylic, gouache and clay. However, Ogle also loves making pop-up art and layers different mediums together to create something unique. 

Her mother has saved the majority of her creations through the years, allowing Ogle to be able to see and treasure her first works of art. 

“The earliest drawing I can recount is a family portrait I made when I was around four. We were all cyclopes, but it’s the thought that counts,” she said. 

Art has been a part of her family for a long time, and Ogle has spent all of her life surrounded by art and artists who have helped her with her passion for art. 

“My grandfather actually was an artist and the majority of people on my mom’s side are too, so I feel like expression and creativity has always just been something I’ve valued a lot,” Ogle said. 

Even though she doesn’t know if she will pursue art as an occupation, Ogle said that whatever she ends up doing she will continue to incorporate her creativity into. For now, Ogle will take her passion for art along with her next year at Missouri State University where she will study Psychology. 

Ogle believes that art is all about experimentation and finding oneself. She feels that things can change and shift over time and the same thing happens with art; it isn’t beneficial to place art in a box where it can’t grow on it’s own. 

“Don’t try to pressure yourself on finding a certain style or doing exactly what one person does. Collage a bunch of different styles if you want to and be patient with yourself. Finding your style comes in time, and it’s never set in stone,” Ogle said.

Through her journey in making art, Ogle has found a true passion that will stick with her beyond high school.  

“Part of the joy in living life is knowing that, with a creative thought process, I can get up each day and do or express whatever I want,” Ogle said. “At this point, art and expression have become such an important part of my life that I just wouldn’t feel like myself without them.”