Samanth Merrill

Samantha Merrill

Kutztown, PA

Art has given me the chance to show people who I really am. In high school I was shy about who I was and I thought I was not good enough. I felt like I had to be someone else who was not me. When I started making art, I learned that this was a way to express myself.  I use art as a healing mechanism. I struggle with anxiety and depression every day, and art lets me tell people my story about how I cope.

Originally, I had planned to go to Makeup-Designory, a studio makeup artist training in New York City. I had a strong passion for makeup and I would practice it every day.  I was excited and ready to go to New York, and then once I had graduated high school in 2016, life hit me and I was like, “Wait, am I really ready for this?”

I took a step back and went to Sussex County Community College for my associates in Studio Arts. At community college I gained strength and confidence in myself.  I learned more about different art mediums and about how color could show different emotions. I became the president of the Fine Arts Club my final semester at community college.

After I received my associates, I continued my art journey at Kutztown University where I am currently a fine arts student. Every day at Kutztown I learn more and more about who I am:. I am a creative person and I want to fulfil my life in a creative field. I want to show people who I am and make a positive impact in someone’s life. I want to pursue my personal goals through the arts.