Inspirational art

Sophomore decorates canvases with motivational quotes


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Sophomore Kristen Cornejo began selling her creations after being encouraged by others on social media.

Early freshman year, sophomore Kristen Cornejo posted a picture of her artwork on Instagram. She felt a sense of accomplishment and pride in her work but didn’t expect anything else to come of it. A few minutes later, someone texted Cornejo, praising her work and asking how much she would charge to make one for them. That was the moment Cornejo’s artwork went from simply a personal outlet for stress and creativity, to a source of revenue for herself and inspiration to others.

Cornejo’s interest in art began in the sixth grade with a basic art class and sky-rocketed from there.

“Cheer took over, so I was only able to do it as a hobby for a while,” Cornejo said “I use it as a stress reliever.”

Her friends speak very highly of Cornejo and her art.

“Her art is amazing,” sophomore Reagan Scott said. “I have the one she gave me above my bed.” Sophomore cheerleader Hanna Jenkins also owns a piece Cornejo’s art.

“Her paintings are amazing,” Jenkins said. “I have one hanging in my room and I love it.”

Cornejo’s friends, family and even people who don’t know her personally purchase her art. Since she began selling her paintings she has made about 50 works of art that range in price from $30 to $50.

“My go-to quote for cheer posters is ‘never give up,” Cornejo said. “Giving up my art or cheer isn’t an option for me and I want others to feel like they can do anything, too.”