McNick is full of over 600 students, each with a unique story and background. The McNicholas Milestone Staff will be featuring personality profiles on many of these students throughout the year. Students are randomly chosen using the letter generator, and then finding students on Schoology using the chosen letters. For this personality profile, the student chosen this time around was Kelly Ernst.
It seems to be common that traditions are passed down throughout families, whether it be a sport, a hobby, or an interest of some sort. For junior Kelly Ernst, art has been one of those talents that many of her family members attain, including herself. As a young girl, Kelly got involved with her passion for art from both of her grandmothers, her cousin, uncle and her biggest influence, her sister. Kristie, her older sister, a 2015 McNick graduate, was a former art student and was affiliated with the art program. After school Kelly and her sister would draw after school very often. “I was admittedly a bit of a copycat back then,” Ernst said. With some inspiration from her family, Ernst has been able to broaden her mind and experiment with an assortment of art. “I love doing portraits but I also love doing abstract art that is influenced by music.”
Ernst listened to a lot of different songs that inspired her art from freshman year. The majority of the music consisted of indie and free flowing songs that allowed her steady flow and to create a personal piece. “My favorite artist is definitely an abstract painter named Kevin Eslinger,” Ernst said. Some of her most memorable art work consists of personal and meaningful art pieces, mostly things like portraits of family members or abstract paintings of important parts of her life.
Although it is one of Ernst’s hobbies and passions, she doesn’t plan on incorporating art in her future career. “I still love and always will love drawing and painting in my free time,” Ernst said.