By Charelle Evelyn on June 25 2014
IT’S HARD TO EXPRESS
YOURSELF IF YOU DON’T
KNOW WHO YOU ARE.
Though she was taking classes as a young teenager with the talented Betty Kovache, something wasn’t clicking for Kayla Hughes and she felt constricted. “I didn’t even know who I was as a person yet,” said Hughes. “I didn’t who I was, to selfmaster, to put myself on canvas.” For years, Hughes floundered in an art-less void, abandoning art classes, hanging up her paintbrush and pursuing a science-based post-secondary education.
“I ended up failing miserably at everything that I tried and it wasn’t working for me,” said the 21-year-old, who was at her most content as a child when she could just scribble colour on a page. “For five years of my life, I was completely unhappy with myself.” But that changed for the better when Hughes signed up for a photography course. “It opened up who I was as a person,” she said, and it also opened her up to a whole new scene of like-minded creative individuals. “That was my portal to get back into painting… which I’m grateful for.”
After a two-year New Media, Communications and Design program at College of New Caledonia, Hughes has found a way to be creative for a living with her Kreative Eye Studios. Hughes doesn’t have a chance to get bored with her work in a variety of media – photography, web design, graphic design and illustration. “I couldn’t see myself doing [traditional] art for the rest of my life, I like the variety,” said Hughes. From fingerpainting, to scrapbooking, to helping her father with carpentry projects, Hughes said if it’s creative, she’s on board. “As long as I’m just doing what makes me happy, I feel complete.” Check out www.kreativeeyestudios.ca.
REPORTER FOR THE PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN
Journalist, west coast native, music lover. Made in Canada.