Artist to Watch: Mireille Ramirez

Avery Hughes

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For most students attending Glenwood Springs High School (GSHS), art is just another class taken for graduation credits, but for senior Mireille Ramirez, it’s a key part of her everyday life.         

    “I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, it’s always just been a part of me, it’s the only thing I feel I can somewhat do well.” said Ramirez.

    While Ramirez may not be well known amongst students and staff at GSHS, her work is plastered along the walls around the school. One of her most iconic pieces, and one that she’s most proud of, is hanging right by the staircase next to the elevator, the piece is of a girl doing a very regal-power pose, her art shows character and skill, a piece worthy of its spot on the wall.

    Ramirez described herself as “that one weird quiet kid in the back who draws all the time who doesn’t really talk to anyone.”

    Ramirez practices and betters her art by taking classes at Colorado Mountain College (CMC), she’s currently trying to “learn more light variations as well as trying to learn how to paint efficiently.”

    Senior Rosa Gonzalez Camumez, a friend of Ramirez said “Mireille’s art shows her entire life story, her darkest secrets and her personality. I personally think her art is dark but that’s who she is, a positive and negative human being.”

    Ramirez also spends time helping out in the library at GSHS. Mary Lamb, librarian at GSHS says “Mireille is very energetic, personable, and humble person. She’s very unassuming, in a good way, unless you knew she was an artist, you wouldn’t be apparent to it.”   

    Besides art, she also enjoys singing with the Aspen Choral Society.

    “I joined it last year after my mom offered it to me, I’ve only participated for about a year and I sang in both the winter and spring concerts.” said Ramirez.

    As a senior, Ramirez is looking at colleges and studies to go into for the future: “I haven’t picked a college yet but I do want to go into an art school for illustration and/or concept art.”

  As a shy, introverted person she doesn’t branch out and talk to people like most, her art is her way of communication, every drawing has a different meaning and story behind it. As most nominations factor upon raw talent, Ramirez has both raw talent and a selfless nature, her 15 years of art experience contributes greatly to her character and who she is today.

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