A canine portrait in watercolor and pen by LASA senior Champ Turner.
“I’ve been drawing practically since birth… well before birth actually. When my mom was pregnant with me, the ultrasound revealed an extensive gallery of drawings that I had made on the walls of the womb, a profound commentary on darkness and solitude. I’ve been an artist ever since.
Currently, I’m a senior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, Texas, taking AP Studio Art. I like to experiment with a variety of media (such as watercolors, graphite, cardboard, block prints) and a variety of subjects (like landscapes, architecture and cartoon people) both in school and on my own time. The closest thing I have to a ‘signature style’ are my watercolor and pen paintings. I occasionally do commissions of pets, houses, family portraits among other things.
I also have a love for world geography, which I incorporate into artistic maps and showcase on my YouTube channel, ‘Maps from Memory.’ In 2017, a world map I drew won an award at the international Barbara Petchenik Children’s Map Drawing. My art has been exhibited twice in the Texas State Capitol as part of the Texas Youth Art Month exhibition. I hope to continue to explore the world—it’s landscapes, cultures, and places—through my art well after I graduate.
I maintain a website, champturnerart.com, which I update with current work and have a small shop for prints and greeting cards with my art on them.”