Faces In the Crowd: Sammy Marvil

Draw my life, senior art student shares her creative journey


Photo By: Sammy Marvil

Close-up shot of one of Sammy Marvil’s favorite art pieces.

Faith Casey, Editor

Having immersed herself in art since she was little, Senior Sammy Marvil finds it to be a big aspect of her life. She started classes when she was ten years old— wanting to expand her creative abilities.
“Every week I would go over to my art teacher’s house for four years, and I would learn how to draw and paint,” Marvil said. “I came out of that being an artist.”
These four years of classes weren’t just any hobby. They have had a lasting impact on Marvil and her life.
“I wouldn’t be the same artist or person if that hadn’t happened,” Marvil said.
This history with art is seen in multiple aspects of Marvil’s life. Her college essay showcased the immense impact those four years made.
“I wrote about my art teacher who I don’t talk to anymore,” Marvil said. “It’s about this person that came into my life, completely changed its course, and now has disappeared from my life.”
As a quiet kid, Marvil gained more from these classes than just the ability to draw and paint.
“At the beginning of these classes, I barely spoke, and I was such an odd little kid, but I would draw,” Marvil said. “It taught me how to communicate a little.”
Art is known to reflect something and have deeper meaning. For Marvil, art is her form of expressing her life and interests.
“I use a reference of myself,” Marvil said. “I’m not usually telling people what my art means, but there’s always a thought process behind it, like I want to do this because I’m feeling this way.”
In order for art to reflect meaning, there’s usually inspiration behind it. For Marvil, inspiration can often be found in others.
“I like looking at other styles, especially in my AP art class,” Marvil said. “There’s so much variety.”
Understandably, Marvil doesn’t remember all of her pieces. However, the colored-pencil drawing she’s currently working on might be her favorite by far.
“The piece is some of my friends hanging out, and there’s clocks getting smaller,” Marvil said. “The perspective is this moment’s getting farther away so the clocks are getting smaller and smaller.”
This piece goes even deeper as it expresses the common fear of running out of time yet not enjoying the present.
“You’re with all these people you care about, but you’re not in the moment,” Marvil said. “You’re looking at the future and worrying about how much time you have left. Even while you’re still with them, you already miss them.”
Art isn’t going to stop here. Future endeavors are definitely in Marvil’s plan. From drawing every single day to bringing her art supplies to college, Marvil isn’t stopping anytime soon.
“Even if it’s not my main career, art will always be something I do,” Marvil said. “Art will be part of my life forever until I can’t do it anymore.”