Student artist of the month: Christine Tolonen
I was taught to look for the light and find the shapes and textures it creates in different settings. When I make a photograph, I often start with the concept or a particular element I know I want to include. From there, I build the moment starting with the lighting. I don't always invent the moments I capture; I am constantly on the lookout for unique moments in the natural world.
I love photography because it has given me the chance to show everyone the things I find beautiful about the world we share.
In my educational career, my goals are to earn my Associate of Fine Arts in Art here at Green River Community College in spring 2014. I hope to then transfer to Western Washington University where I plan to earn a bachelor's degree in Studio Art, focusing on Photography.
On the journey to my B.A. in Studio Art, I hope to grow not only as an artist, but also as an individual in a community of differing opinions. I also plan to double major in business or marketing so that I can more effectively use my art education post-graduation.
"Anna" by Christine Tolonen
At Green River I've taken Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Digital Photography, as well as Beginning and Intermediate Film Photography. I've also taken Beginning Drawing, Beginning Design, 3D Design, and I am currently enrolled in The Artist's Portfolio, Advanced Film Photography, Art History II, and Beginning Pottery.
I get my inspiration on the creative level from photographers including Arno Rafael Minnkinen and Michael Kenna. People who inspire me to constantly improve myself and my work include Mark Mendonca and Gary Oliveira. My mantra is "No one can tell you what you can't do; what matters is what you tell yourself you can do."