Whitney // I started with art when I was very young. We moved a lot while I was growing up, so art was the one thing that was constant in my life. It was the one place that was safe and that I could jump into whenever I was at a new school. I also really loved living in the city, so I went to art school in Philadelphia. I decided that since art was such a safe haven for me, I wanted to teach as well. So it’s also great that I have a job where from 3:30pm and on I have time to paint, and summer as well. To go full circle, I started painting a lot of city scenes because I loved living in the city so much. For me, I like to travel between Philly and New York, and living in Lancaster there is a lot of great places while walking around at night. You can take plenty of pictures at night that have cool lighting. I’ll often use my phone and take pictures and bring that home to paint from. If I have time I’ll try and sketch something out. Often times it’s at night though, and I don’t really have time for that. If I do something more at dusk, I can sketch. But you obviously can’t stand in the middle of the road and sketch.