Emerging young artist Glory Rain Lloyd has a singular vision for each piece she creates.
“It’s almost as if I can gaze at a blank canvas and see what the final product will look like,” she said.
The 17-year-old resident of downtown St. Pete enjoyed taking art classes throughout her four years at Northside Christian School. Now a recent grad, she hopes to someday pursue a career that compliments her love for art.
“I’ve always had an artistic nature,” Glory said. “My kindergarten teacher once told my mother I could make just about anything with some paper and a pair of scissors.”
She experimented with creative techniques during middle and high school, selling finished artworks to friends and family. Painting is Glory’s favorite medium, but she doesn’t shy away from three-dimensional projects if that’s where the artistic spirit leads.
Her earliest art incorporates Sharpie pen and watercolor paint. She later moved on to acrylic, oil paints, and collage, sometimes even recycling old Starbucks cups and working them into a piece.
Glory’s subject matter is equally diverse. One character is interpreted in a classic comic-book style, while another depicts a more realistic sea turtle. Still other works edge toward creative abstraction.
“I painted a rock-like image onto a long horizontal canvas that had layers of oil paint to create the effect of depth,” she said. “I refer to that work as Unexpected Treasure, because it appears to be looking into an opened geode.”
Through these colorful explorations, Glory is sharpening her skills and finding her own signature style. Soon she’ll take the next step, when she attends Eckerd College to study liberal arts as a freshman this coming fall.
“I’m working to expand on my technique, and plan to someday use my gift in way that will benefit society and my community,” she said.
To contact Glory, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.