Where Snow Lacks, A Paintbrush is Needed


M.E. did not have “Hands Telling A Story” available digitally, but she did share some sneak peaks into her AP Art portfolio.

She is a familiar face at Cody High School and on the slopes, where she would prefer to relish in her time; however, it being that the drive to the nearest ski resort is unfavorably long, she fills her hours with art instead. 

Marie Dominick is most commonly known to the student body as M.E., a nickname that she adopted early on in her public education. She is recognized for her spunky style, outgoing nature and outdoorsy aesthetic. She spends much of her time coupled with nature, whether it be gliding the ski slopes, climbing towering cliff sides or overcoming the rapids in the river. “I am terrible at white water kayaking, but I try anyway,” she relayed. 

M.E. is just as easily known to the school for her art as she is among nature for her constant outdoor activities. Her intricate paintings occupy Hydroflasks, bulletins, and even an entire wall within the school. “As far as art is concerned, it is one of my favorite pastimes! I started my art career with so many triangle shaped cats in kindergarten, considered my abstract period,” she joked. 

M.E. credits her continual love for creating art to the novel The Psychology of Optimal Experience. She shared that the book recommends doing at least one activity that you find seamless and exciting, and that is generally a pleasant experience. “Since the ski mountain is kind of a long drive, I make art,” she stated. “I continued art because it was something that I can find flow in.”

This being the case, M.E. occupies much of her time painting the mural in the library or making progress on her AP art portfolio. To her, art is a lengthy process and tends to entail thorough preparation. “The process of any art involves a lot of irritation and a lot of visualizing what you want to make before you make,” she said. “The pieces I like are the ones that I feel turned out to my taste, even if they are not ‘technically’ as good as my other pieces.” M.E. shared that one of her favorite pieces that she has constructed is one entitled “Hands Telling a Story.” She remarked that it uses bright colors and is fairly clever. 

She also revealed that her father possesses many artistic talents, so she believes that she may have inherited her love for art from him. “My family is pretty pleased with my art. They put it on the fridge.” Upcoming projects include,“Possibly a large scale mural for my friend’s photography concepts,” she said. “I wish I could have a definitive inspiration but it’s not quite that finite. Ideas just appear without much prompting. Sometimes they come to fruition, sometimes not.”

M.E. graduated early, so she is no longer enrolled in any classes at the high school, which allows her more time to perfect her art when she is not interning with Mr. Gee at the Neurohealth Clinic. She will leave soon to indulge in a volunteer/foreign exchange program in Peru. “Future projects include hopefully some inspiration from South America,” she relayed. As for her future, M.E. does not plan on pursuing art in college or as a career, but rather as a hobby. 

This a piece that M.E. is using in her AP Art portfolio.