By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia
“MY HANDS aren’t just made to create things, but to touch lives.”
This is how Vincent Rose Sarnate, 21, of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental described her social project and art outreach dubbed “PorTRAIT”.
Sarnate, a teacher-artist, mounted “PorTRAIT” in partnership with La Carlota Fundamental Baptist Church for the creative training and holistic development of the children who want to learn arts and at the same time strengthen their moral and spiritual aspects.
Sarnate said she dabbled in arts at the age of two after her father taught her how to draw and sculpt.
But their “transient” way of life meant moving from one place to another, thus she had to leave some of her works behind.
She joined art competitions since Grade One but lost every single time, so she tried other things such as classical vocal solo competitions, Math, Science, History and Reading Comprehension quiz bees where she excelled.
When she was in grade six, Sarnate again joined an art contest and this time, she was victorious.
“Strengths are not really what you’re good at but what empowers you to do a lot more. Even if I stopped painting for some time, I was able to discover my interests in music and academic competitions. God has used the losses to build up towers of victory,” she said.
When she entered college, she took up Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Painting/Visual Arts where she discovered her skills in quick painting rendition and realism.
She realized she wanted to sculpt and paint through art education, so she decided to be a teacher.
“Just a few years ago, I started giving art education to children of sugar farmers for free. I’m also on academic teaching for seven months already and had a few group exhibits in the province and the region. I felt blessed in every way.”
“Society is our trigger for creative sparks. Our thoughts may soar somewhere else and our eyes set on space, but our hearts stay grounded in the world we were born in.”