Behind The Canvas

An interview with BVHS's art teachers

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Behind The Canvas

Josie Cuthbertson and Kate Oudejans

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Kim Carpenter:

Favorite type of art to create: “I love pencils because of the control you have, but I love watercolor because it makes me loosen up. If I have some real time to invest, then I have mixed-media projects that I like to create”

Favorite kind of music to listen to: “Alternative things like Florence and the Machine”

Favorite tv/movie genre: “I really love [‘Last Week Tonight with] John Oliver.’ I hate chick flicks or romance. I like mystery podcasts the most.”

Did you have a wake-up call for pursuing art? “I have a very specific one. I wanted to be a surgeon and was all set to do that and was second in my class. Senior year, I decided I’m going to switch gears because I had a conversation with a friend in an art class, and he was talking to me about his mom [who] is a nurse. He felt like she was sad that she didn’t have time to do art anymore. And I was like ‘What if I didn’t have time to do art?’ and then I was like ‘Whoa, stop everything. I’m doing art now.’”

Secret talents: “I feel like my biggest secret isn’t really a secret — I’m an artist that loves athletics.”

First thing you do in the morning: “I pet my dog and let them out the door.”

Dogs or cats? Dogs.

Zodiac sign: “Technically I’m a cusp. I’m an Aquarius-Pisces.”

Coffee or tea? “Coffee. I’m not picky. I’ll drink anything that’s in my cup.”


Madi Elpers:

Favorite type of art to create: Textiles & sculpting.

Favorite kind of music to listen to: Doesn’t listen to much metal or country, but listens to pretty much everything else.

Favorite tv/movie genre: Anything dystopian,The Handmaid’s Tale”

Did you have a wake-up call for pursuing art? “I knew I wanted to pursue art education when I was in high school because of my relationship with my art teachers.”

Secret talents: Juggling.

First thing you do in the morning: Coffee.

Dogs or cats? Neither, rabbits. Described as a “perfect bridge between the two.”

Zodiac sign: Scorpio.

Coffee or tea? Coffee. Vanilla latte.


Mike Johnston:

Favorite type of art to create: “I would probably say it would have to be both ceramics and photography. I have more of a chance to actually engage in hands-on stuff with ceramics. I love doing both.”

Favorite kind of music to listen to: “I’m not really a music guy, but my preference would be like ‘60s to ‘70s classic rock.”

Favorite tv/movie genre: “Probably historical fiction or documentaries with historical elements.”

Did you have a wake-up call for pursuing art? “I always really enjoyed doing anything with my hands, anything where I was creating things.”

Secret talents: “I played basketball in college.”

First thing you do in the morning: “Drive to school.”

Dogs or cats? “Neither. I like to travel, and I don’t think it’s fair to animals to leave them. But if I had to choose, I like dogs.”

Zodiac sign: Libra.

Coffee or tea? “Coffee. Mocha.”


Mark Mosier:

Favorite type of art to create: Drawing & digital photography

Favorite kind of music to listen to: Frontier music from approximately 1810, Disneyland theme park area music and classical music.

Favorite tv/movie genre: “Jeremy Johnson” and the news.

Did you have a wake-up call in pursuing art? “When I was a freshman in high school, there was an artist that visited my high school, and he showed us his professional art. It was very interesting because although we were freshmen in high school, he treated us as people and artists.”

Secret talents: Enjoys riding his bike “a little more than around the lake.”

First thing you do in the morning: Turn out the porch light, eat Activia Greek yogurt and drink orange juice every morning.

Dogs or cats? Neither. “When I was in college, I had a pet fish. He was called an Oscar, and he was about this big.” Mosier then scaled his hands to an unusually large size for a fish.

Zodiac sign: Virgo.

Coffee or tea? Coffee.


Kristen Pickell:

Favorite type of art to create: Textile. “My studio practice and what I studied is textile.”

Favorite kind of music to listen to: “I like a lot of psychedelic rock. I grew up on classic rock, but I’d say my favorite band is Tame Impala.”

Favorite tv/movie genre: “Number one, my favorite show’s ‘The Office,’ followed by ‘Friends’ and ‘Arrested Development,’ so definitely into comedies. I like a lot of foreign films, [and] my favorite filmmaker is Wes Anderson.”

Did you have a wake-up call for pursuing art? “I wouldn’t say a wake-up call, but by my junior year [in high school], I knew I wanted to pursue art in college.”

Secret talents: “I can fit into very small spaces, and I guess not everyone knows I’m Canadian.”

First thing you do in the morning: “Make a cup of tea.”

Dogs or cats? Cats.

Zodiac sign: Virgo.

Coffee or tea? “Tea. Black with cream and sugar.”

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