"make you look twice"
By Annascott cross
From painting tiny avocados to designing album covers to creating self portraits, Cassidy
English is a very talented young artist. It all started when she was a young girl, often
choosing coloring books as her go-to activity. Her love for art really blossomed, though,
when she started taking private art lessons in fifth grade with local artist/art teacher,
Lori Gardner. Now a rising junior at Harnett Central High School, Cassidy has come a
long way in the last five years, working on branching out and growing her style,
mediums, and types of art.
Her inspiration comes from two different places: a Mexican artist named Ricardo Cavolo
and music, ranging anywhere from indie to pop-punk. Working primarily with colored
pencils, watercolors, and markers, she brings pictures to life using detail and color in
way she describes as illustrative.
When she’s not painting or drawing, she is often designing shirts and decorating
shoes. A few years ago, her great-grandmother asked her to paint something on
a pair of shoes for her. When she shared a few pictures of the shoes on
Facebook, friends loved her work which inspired her to expand her talent in this
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In addition to apparel, Cassidy often does work for commission, including designing an album cover for a musical group in Washington D.C. Her art has been displayed at her school, Harnett Central, and was also a part of Fuquay-Varina’s Gallery Around Town program, with her work being displayed at Anna’s Pizzeria and the Fuquay-Varina Community Center. In addition to this, she displayed her work at Alter Egos, an art gallery in Fayetteville, where she won first place and will host a private gallery this August. Cassidy has participated in a number of competitions including an En Plein Air event, a competition with the Fuquay-Varina Women’s club, and the Harnett County schools show, Harnett Off Broadway, where she won first place and best of show.
Cassidy's hopes for the future include studying art in college and working with musicians to design album covers, posters, and merchandise. Until then, she is going to keeping creating art pieces to, “Make you look twice.”
To see more of her work, check out her Instagram page @arts.the.purpose