Millions of people paint each day. From water colors in a kindergarten classroom to oil paints on the floor of a SoHo studio apartment. Artists are everywhere. Most of them are searching for something deeper, something inside of them. Others use art as a tool to release tension or stress. Some wanting to find out if they have what it takes to be the next master, or simply to see if they have any talents at all. I believe we all have more talents and creative abilities then we could ever use. But it is so hidden within us it takes hours and days if not years to express and find it. Before most do they give up and move on to something easier or simply more fun. For me ART is a way of expressing myself as often as I can. And I kind of took my art career into my own hands. I have spent years of trial and error to find out what creativity means. But not only have I done the work on my own, I have had extensive training too. Besides my mom and dad, I am particularly grateful to Mrs. Barbara Kajdi, my forth grade art teacher, for entering me into the 1st ever KANAGAWA BIENNIAL CHILDREN’S ART EXHIBITION.
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The Kanagawa Biennial Children's Art Exhibit has been held every two years since 1980. Held in Kanagawa Prefecture to the south of Tokyo, this event exhibits children’s art from all over the world, and is intended to use the power of painting to foster the dreams and creativity of today’s young children who will go on to become the leaders of tomorrow. The exhibition is also intended to further understanding of the world’s diverse cultures and differences in global lifestyles. Over 24,000 entries and 85 different countries. For me it was life changing.