"At first," says Remy Eichner, PCHS Class of 2020, "we all thought it was going to be like when the swine flu was here - just two weeks off, then back to school, where it was going to be 'our time' as seniors. And then, it was all just...gone.
“The inspiration for the piece came from those feelings of sadness and frustration. It was that weird time in quarantine, late March, and everything had been ripped away. Last year I watched as my sister went through all the senior stuff, and I couldn’t wait for my turn. I had this real fear: would I get to see everyone again, say goodbye to my teachers? Is this how I’m going to graduate? I had all these emotions and I had to get them out.”
Remy has loved art for a long time, and has been mentored by PCSD teacher Debra Barfield Corrigan. “I took art from Ms. Corrigan in 7th grade at Ecker, and then I had her again in my PCCAPS Digital Design Class. The class took my art to the next level – I learned to create art not just for me or for an assignment, but for a client who was looking for a specific outcome. I worked on a campaign for The Chicks Company, which was a great learning experience.
“In that class, you learn to work with a lot of digital design tools. I was playing around in Photoshop, and I came across the ‘oil brush’ feature. I loved it! So, I created this piece using that. What's great about using the software is you get that 'oil-painting' feel, but it costs a lot less. It's an inexpensive way to create art."
Remy has entered her piece in the Springville Art Museum Student Show, Up Close & Far Away. She will be attending Southern Utah University this fall where she will be goal-keeping for the Thunderbirds women’s soccer team.
Note: PCEF donors have supported PCCAPS since its inception in 2013