Submission Title

Burn & Ashes

Author Class Level


Author Studying

Major in Psychology, Minor in Art and Criminal Justice

Author Bio

Maya Selena Leshaw is a 21-year-old college student. Leshaw is a psychology major with an art minor. Growing up, Leshaw often used art as an outlet. However, it was hard for her to express what she could and couldn’t say and turning to art provided that expressive freedom. Over the years, she has continued to use art as an outlet for herself and others. In the future, she hopes to sell her art and use it in her own practice as a licensed art therapist.

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"Many of my paintings are me challenging myself with different mediums. Much like my other paintings, this piece focused on trying something I hadn't seen before. In many ways, the process was both trial and error. This painting, 'Burn & Ashes,' was an experiment. It focused on breaking the boundaries of fire and paper."



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