I knew I was an artist the moment I held my first paintbrush. I was 2 years old. Something about the colours and their infinite possibilities, the joy and the freedom, spoke to me.
But then I got older.
I started comparing myself to other artists. I got lost. I got competitive. I got defeatist. If I couldn’t be the best, what was the point?
And it was in asking myself this very question that I came to realize:
What makes art valuable is how it makes us feel.
I make art because I need to. It’s not only the way I express myself, it’s the way I become myself. My child self. Joyous and free. Without restriction and without judgment.
Hannah Kaplan is a Toronto-based abstract painter and illustrator. Her vibrant works have been featured in online publications and OCAD’s Artworks 2018, but Hannah believes her art is best carried in hearts and homes.