Week 15 // Student Interview – Andrew Lee

My initial meeting with Andrew was awesome, I could already tell that he’s a solid guy and soon after getting to know him a bit more, I learned that he’s an extremely well rounded, responsible man. I learned that he grew up with a close friend of mine from high school and that he went to Cypress High School. I have a few friend that went to Cypress, so I connected with him through them as well. Throughout our conversation with each other, I felt comfortable, to the point where I felt like I was talking to an old friend and just catching up on the latest. We got to talk about what we had plans for in the future and I mentioned to him that I actually wanted to pursue a career as a cop. He mentioned that he was enlisted as a reserve for the Army ever since he was 17 and a half. I asked him how it was and if he was a part of the ROTC program here at Long Beach and he exclaimed that he wasn’t but if he could that he would for the opportunities.

I got to learn that he was a man with priorities and responsibilities and that mark of a true man shows in his character. I’m glad that I’ve gotten the chance to meet him and I’m confident that this will not be the last time I encounter him. I just hope that we could further our friendship by continuing the guide each other and support each other in our endeavors.


Week 15 // Artist Interview – Michael Clute And Lorraine Dasouki


Man, this weeks exhibit was a treat, getting the chance to see all the graduating BFA student’s art work was amazing. I had to force myself to try and focus on a specific artist that I really enjoyed from that whole show, and Michael Clute was the man. His artwork was truly unique in my eyes, after getting to read his little bio that he had for himself what stood out to me the most was the key word “Star Wars.” His inspiration and hobby through games really leaked out onto his artwork and you can definitely see how. But his piece made with cardboard blew my mind. To see something so disposable be used to create something so breathtaking is a gift and I’m so glad to have gotten to see his work.

I also loved Lorraine’s work because it reminded heavily of Pixar and Disney. Her artwork strikes emotions of happiness, joy, as if you just finished watching a classical pixar movie like Toy Story. I loved her bio as well, while it made me laugh and smile, her artwork made me engaged and joyful.

Again, after seeing all these amazing artist and their amazing work, I’m truly thankful for the wonderful opportunity that was given to me through this class. I want to continue my appreciation with art by being involved somehow, and my future goal of getting a tattoo will be a permanent reminder that art is not only a gift to perform but also to see. Thank you!

Week 14 // Artist Interview – Yireh Elaine Kwak

(The featured image was painted by Charles Banowetz, and had to be one of the most impressive paintings I have ever laid my eyes on.)

And we meet again…

And once again, I am blown away by her talent. I realize after seeing many artist week after week, I come to the decision that my favorite style of art is between pen and ink or landscape artwork. And Elaine’s painting came out pristine. Her landscaping artwork are amazingly beautiful, truly taking my breathe away. I stood there, staring at her paintings, a lot longer than I really should have. But I couldn’t help notice her intricate details, her use of colors, the way she drew her clouds, all of it worked so well together and meshed into an amazing piece.

Everyone must remember seeing her before, I know that I did, and her passion of drawing landscapes that’s are inspired by looking out her backyard has evolved. This time around, I’m completely lost in her pieces. Not to say that her pieces before were bad, not at all, but this time around, I just can’t say anything ¬†else but that I love her artwork. Landscaping artwork truly makes it real for me, and as I gaze into the artwork, I imagine myself surround by the art where I feel that I’m almost there, looking out into a beautiful mountain side.

This kind of art makes me appreciate the human capabilities so much more. Such great talent that is surpassing what I believe is possible. And I thank you for sharing your artwork with our class, thank you.

Week 14 // Student Interview – Guillermo Vargas

This week, I had the honor to meet Guillermo Vargas. He’s a first year majoring in Mechanical Engineering hoping to make his career focused on making vintage cars. He was inspired and uprooted by his uncle who is instilled in him a passion for cars. His uncle help him see cars as much more than just a heap of metal, but instead a work of art ready to be painted. One interesting fact that I got to learn about Guillermo was that he worked at In-N-Out, arguably the best “Fast-Food” restaurant ever to be made. We got to talk a lot more about that and ended up on the subject of working out. As a fitness major, we got to talk and just enjoy each other’s conversation about our biggest accomplishment with fitness. For him, he’s trying to make weight and grow stronger and bigger, which is exactly what I’m striving for as well. It’s not an easy road, but I got to encourage him to keep fighting, because I truly believe that it’s so worth it.

Getting to know Guillermo was a gift and he’s an overall solid guy. An alpha male who loves sports, raised in the iconic Saint John Bosco, and a man with responsibilities. I truly hope for the best for him with school family, and his future.