Go Public’s 2nd Annual Bus and Billboard Showcase generated 220 submissions from high school artists throughout San Antonio. The billboards were featured throughout the city during the month of March. This past May, we revealed the city buses featuring a beautiful array of talent, concepts, and subject matter. East Central High School had three students’ work featured.  Below are their unedited thoughts on their art, what it means to them, and how being featured on a billboard or bus wrap affected them.  The buses will run for the next six months throughout San Antonio.

Elizabeth Caisedo, 11th Grade, Drawing 3 Pre AP, Painting 2 Pre AP, AP Art History

How long have you been making art? What media is your favorite?
Ever since I was about 4 years old I would draw for fun at home and school and ever since then I had the dream of becoming an artist. I don’t necessarily have a favorite media but I tend to use pen for a lot of artworks. I like to experiment a lot though.

What role does art play in your life?  What does creating and making Art mean to you?
Making art means I’m able to express the ideas and thoughts running around in my mind and turn them into something physical for people to see. It plays the role of being the voice to speak my creativity without all the words.

How do you see art as being a part of your future?
Art has always been my passion and I’m sure that’ll never change. Art for me is something I want to do for the rest of my life.

What does having your artwork selected for a billboard mean to you?
At the time that specific artwork on the billboard and many of my other ones weren’t really being recognized how I wanted them to be in some of the contests or events I would enter them into so finding out it got to be displayed as a billboard to me meant that no matter how down I was because of rejection to keep my head up either way because other opportunities will arise.

What are your goals for your future immediately after high school and what is your ultimate goal?
Hopefully to get into the art school of my choice and from there be able to inspire others through my works of art. Being able to say that I made it as an artist is something I strive for.

Do you have any special stories to share about your art making or your start as an artist?
My start as an artist was actually inspired by my brother wanting to be a car designer. I remember him having sketchbooks full of very detailed drawings of cars that inspired me to explore art. Every time he would leave the house to go to the store, hang out with friends or practice football, I would sneak in his room and steal his art supplies, take them to my room and make my own art. After I was done using his supplies, I would run back to his room and place the supplies exactly how I found them back where they were. I would sometimes get an adrenaline rush if I could hear his car pulling into the drive way early and I haven’t put anything back. ​

Jordan Orosco, 10th Grade, Drawing 3 Pre AP

How long have you been making art? What media is your favorite?
I’ve been making art for over 7 years now. I have been pursuing art for as long as I can remember, from random scribbles on paper to digital media on the computer. My favorite media of all-time would definitely have to be color pencils! It feels as if I’m painting with them.

What role does art play in your life?  What does creating and making Art mean to you?
Art plays a huge role in my life; it is my everything. Art has helped me overcome times of sadness, times of stress, times where I found myself in a ditch. Art helps me escape from reality. I’m free to enter a place of my own, my imagination: A place where I don’t have to focus on my worries or sadness, a place where I can create something beautiful. Being able to do that with art is what makes it so special to my life.

How do you see art as being a part of your future?
I see art being a part of my future as a way to help myself relax. A way I can spread joy and encouragement to others including myself. Whether it be family, friends, or even strangers!  I can imagine making pieces for others to enjoy.

What does having your artwork selected for a billboard mean to you?
My artwork being selected for a billboard means so much to me. I am incredibly honored to have this opportunity. It’s amazing to know my artwork will be seen and shared with people!  It means, as a young artist, that I’m growing.

What are your goals for your future immediately after high school and what is your ultimate goal?
My goals for my future after high school is to keep growing and improving as an artist, become successful in my passion, and bring joy to people with my art. My ultimate goal is to be able to make a living with what I love most and continue to make art until I cannot anymore.

Do you have any special stories to share about your art making or your start as an artist?
I can remember in the beginning I would draw in my little sketchbook every single day. It would make me feel so happy! I was, and still am, constantly inspired by other wonderful artists. I’ve had people tell me “you won’t make it”, “your art is bad”, “who would ever like this?” Look where I am now! I’ve learned to take that hate and turn it into a motivation. The hate I’ve gotten in the past has only made me stronger. I want this story of mine to inspire all artists, especially those who are starting out. Let hate be your motivator and make you become stronger. Don’t let other people discourage you. What you create is beautiful.

Sajayra Buenfil, 9th grade, Drawing 2

How long have you been making art? I have been making art ever since I was a small child.

What media is your favorite?
My favorite media is in-between Watercolors and Digital!

What role does art plan in your life?
A second career for me since I have a YouTube Channel!

What does creating and making Art mean to you?
Creating/art is something very special to me, I feel very connected with it as well.

How do you see art as being a part of your future?
I see it as being not only as a hobby but as a career as well!

What does having your artwork selected for a billboard mean to you?
It means so much to me, because I got recognized for a passion I really enjoy having. Also I hope it inspires others to know that when you work hard on something, you can always achieve it will just take time.

What are your goals for your future immediately after high school and what is your ultimate goal?
To go to Texas A&M so that I can become a veterinarian so that I can proceed with my other passion which is helping animals! As well as having my own vet place, I want to pursue my career in honor of my grandfather that has inspired me since I was a child, when I would go to our ranch. My grandfather has passed away sadly but I want to dedicate my work and passion to him!

Do you have any special stories to share about your artmaking or your start as an artist?
I don’t really have any, but I just want to let other young artist of any kind of art know that it is very possible to get recognized even if you consider yourself not good. Just believing in yourself can help so much without even thinking about it!!