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The Academy at LVA 2018 Senior Spotlight: Mickaela McKinney

 "Blood in the Woods" by Mickaela McKinney, digital illustration

"Blood in the Woods" by Mickaela McKinney, digital illustration

Mickaela McKinney was home schooled, but has taken Digital Illustration with Lily Higgs twice at the Holy Trinity/Clifton Community Center. Educating kids at home requires dedication, but often specialty courses for art, music, or dance are important and valuable additions to a home school curriculum.

“I have not applied to college yet, but I would like to apply to the University of Louisville. I haven’t decided on whether I’m going to wait a year and save up or not. I have not received any financial aid, and my planned majors will likely be either an artistic degree or potentially a business degree.”

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McKinney is showing static digital images here, but they often have the look and feel of stills from animated films, with a dynamic sense of composition that suggests movement within the frame. She is clearly telling stories, with an obvious concentration on fantasy narratives.

“I’ve mostly been self-taught over the years, but my classes with Lily Higgs have really given me the ability to expand in ways I was always scared to try. I better know how to use the tools I have and attempt to incorporate them into all my work from now on. I would definitely recommend the LVA classes to anyone who asked.”

Mickaela's work will be included in The Academy at LVA Exhibition, which will be on display May 9 - 16 at Louisville Visual Art, 1538 Lytle Street in the Portland neighborhood. Gallery Hours are Monday through Thursday, 12-4pm, or by appointment. There will be a reception Friday, May 11, 6-8pm.

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 "Desert Story" by Mickaela McKinney, digital illustration

"Desert Story" by Mickaela McKinney, digital illustration

 "Emil Beginnings" by Mickaela McKinney, digital ullustration

"Emil Beginnings" by Mickaela McKinney, digital ullustration

 "Artorias And Manus" by Mickaela McKinney, digital illustration

"Artorias And Manus" by Mickaela McKinney, digital illustration

 "Tempest Stuff 2" by Mickaela McKinney, digital illustration

"Tempest Stuff 2" by Mickaela McKinney, digital illustration


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