Art is a medium for expression and for one Clear Fork sophomore that is surely no exception.
Chauntzy Schuiling has been working on crafting her visual art form since she can remember.
“I’ve been practicing art since I was really little,” she said.
Recently Schuiling got a chance to put her work on display for area residents, as she and other local artists completed the mural on the Happy Grape Wine Bar and Bistro’s wall, facing their outdoor patio.
“I was at the Happy Grape and noticed all the artwork on the wall,” said Chauntzy’s mother Rachel Schuiling. “I asked who did it and they told me local artists had painted it the previous year. I immediately thought of Chauntzy and asked if she could be a part of it next time.”
While Rachel was excited for the chance to have her daughter’s recognized, Chauntzy had a few reservations about the idea.
“I didn’t want to go at first,” the Clear Fork sophomore explained. “My artwork is for me. I really don’t like sharing it publicly that much. I’m a really private person.”
Along with not wanting her work on display, Chauntzy struggled with the idea on what to paint there.
“I had a quite a bit of artist’s block the day before,” she said. “I wanted to do a koi fish coming out of a flat tea pot, but I changed my mind and went with a Victorian tea pot instead.”
The day the pair arrived at the winery to paint, Chauntzy and her fellow artists faced adverse weather conditions. The Schuilings were instructed to come back later in the day if the rain let up.
“Chauntzy didn’t want to go back, but I forced her to because I’m a mean mom,” Rachel joked.
Rachel’s motherly prodding resulted in her daughter’s finely crafted white teapot printed on the winery’s black wall.
“It was different,” Chauntzy explained of her work. “I usually paint onto white surfaces, so I have to color in the shading. There I started with a black wall and had to color in the lighting.”
The local artist cited her inspiration for her work on the wall came from her love of Alice In Wonderland. Her section of the mural took the entire day to come to fruition.
In addition to her time fine-tuning her craft on her own, Chauntzy is appreciative of the quality art programs available for students at Clear Fork High School.
She is currently enrolled in Art I and is looking to take Art II next school year. As for the sophomore’s future, she is unsure if she will look to pursue her passion professionally.
“Right now I just do it because it’s fun,” Chauntzy said. “I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with it. It just depends where I end up.”
She has explored several programs throughout Ohio and surrounding states, attending the Beta Art Festival in Kentucky.
Chauntzy is the daughter of Michael and Rachel Schuiling. She is the granddaughter of Glenn and Glorene shock ,and Rick and Kris Schuiling.
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