Bio:  Baylee Minton Baylee Minton was born in Evansville, Indiana and is a Visual Communications Design student at the University of Evansville, planning to graduate in December 2023. She was a Girl Scout for over 15 years, receiving her Bronze and Silver Award for hosting the event, Walk for the Paws. At the University of Evansville, she joined Student Media in Spring 2022 and created designs for The Crescent Magazine all the way up to today. There she was a Creative Director of the Crescent Magazine for the Fall 2022 semester. In Spring 2023, Baylee Joined Embrace Marketing and Communications as their graphic designer. She created designs for a variety of clients in the Evansville area, and plans to continue  in the Fall 2023 semester.

Artist Statement: As an artist, I often feel lost, as it feels that I don’t know why I am doing what I am doing with my work. Every day am still discovering my artistic voice that wants to be heard. Writing this artist statement was harder to do than any of my actual art. However, I know I am passionate about expressing myself through what I put on a canvas, art board, paper or any other medium. 

My current focus is on self-growth. I looked at my art throughout the years and realized all the progress I have made each time I create something. Every time I create, I have tried to use different materials I have never used, techniques that are out of my comfort zone and develop new styles. All these things create pieces that are unique to my identity and what goes on inside my mind. I enjoy exploring dark themes that could make the viewer uncomfortable. Also, themes like the beauty of nature show up in many of my pieces. I tend to play with shapes, seeing how far I can push a simple thing like a circle or square to become appealing. Ink has been a newfound love, as its flowy nature and contrast speak to the movement in my mind and hands. 

Through my art, I aim to spark the same feeling I felt while creating the art into the viewer. I believe that even if I have a hard time writing about my art, when looking at it you can feel what I am trying to tell. Knowing that I have seen change in myself as an artist just in a few years, brings me hope that I have many more years to show the world what I can do.