My creative process contains two major steps: lengthy contemplation and repetitive practice. When given a blank canvas, I always consider the purpose and content of the piece before commencing the work. I believe that art is empty without meaning: all my artwork should convey the experiences and emotions I was experiencing at the time of creation. In my past works, I have tackled distinctive topics ranging from childhood memories to existentialist concepts. Practicing prior to the execution of the final piece is just as crucial as the message. If the form is misaligned with the content, the result is empty art. For this very reason, no detail within an artwork is trivial, and repetitive practice, which leads to fluency, is the foundation of a successful piece. An experience this past summer highlighted the importance of practice in the studio. An assignment required me to depict a vivid facial expression packed with emotions. Realizing my difficulty in rendering lips, I drew hundreds of them until I got a better grasp of the cartilage structures. Ultimately, artistic success resides in the intersection of form and content. Together, contemplating a work’s message and practicing the execution enables the realization of this aesthetic goal.