norma Ruby carrillo

Art inspires me...

I am 18 years old and have won multiple art awards in addition to having an art piece currently on display at the White House. I tend to deny my potential in many aspects of my life and be really self critical, especially in light of the past 10 years of my life as a court-dependent foster kid. However, I have found through the years that though I can’t sing or dance or excel at lots of other activities, I learn quickly with a pencil in hand and experience artistic expression as an activity offering solace and often an outlet for my difficult past. I have weathered lots of challenging times as a court-dependent child whose parents were deported; there have been consistent changing faces, shifting foster homes, and frequent court visits. And over the years, I’ve learned to utilize art as a creative opportunity to look at those difficulties and express them. In short, drawing has always been a gateway for me to express myself or take my mind off the bad things going on. Somehow, I also feel I make art that represents something about me that I don’t particularly see or that i’m consciously aware of. Many people who see my art recognize these pieces or expressions of me that I don’t really see. This too motivates me to create more art.

norma Ruby carrillo

Thanks to Newsanchor Lynette Romero and credit to the KTLA team and Border Report for this footage.

norma Ruby carrillo

I am 18 years old and have won multiple art awards in addition to having an art piece currently on display at the White House. I tend to deny my potential in many aspects of my life and be really self critical, especially in light of the past 10 years of my life as a court-dependent foster kid. However, I have found through the years that though I can’t sing or dance or excel at lots of other activities, I learn quickly with a pencil in hand and experience artistic expression as an activity offering solace and often an outlet for my difficult past. I have weathered lots of challenging times as a court-dependent child whose parents were deported; there have been consistent changing faces, shifting foster homes, and frequent court visits. And over the years, I’ve learned to utilize art as a creative opportunity to look at those difficulties and express them. In short, drawing has always been a gateway for me to express myself or take my mind off the bad things going on. Somehow, I also feel I make art that represents something about me that I don’t particularly see or that i’m consciously aware of. Many people who see my art recognize these pieces or expressions of me that I don’t really see. This too motivates me to create more art.