Cameron Conroy is a junior art major at Shippensburg University with a focus in painting. Conroy is heavily invested in his journey through the art program at Ship, and has been exploring mediums, color and collaboration.
“I feel like this year with painting has been a large artistic achievement for me,” Conroy said. Currently, most of Conroy’s attention is on his painting class and upcoming final: a painting that will be Conroy’s “biggest canvas yet.” He has also been working on life paintings and doing a bit of work with ceramics.
“Working with acrylic, just introducing color,” Conroy said of his paintings, “it’s my first time working with colors, and I think it adds a whole new level to making art. There’s a lot I can do with it. I’m still trying to figure it all out.” Conroy’s aim is to continue to work towards his interests and develop his skills, hopefully inspiring others to see and understand the world in a new way. “I guess maybe I’m trying to be too deep with it.”
“I don’t know what attracts me to creative processes, but I feel like I fixate on a lot of that. I’m fascinated with creative expression in all mediums,” Conroy said. Conroy has been an artist from a young age, and attributes much of his love for art to the encouragement he received in school. Acquaintances would ask him for drawings and other art, Conroy said. He has submitted work to SU’s 44th Annual Juried Art Exhibition and is hoping to have his paintings accepted. He is also excited to see others’ talents.
Conroy enjoys collaborating with other artists to see how different minds can cooperate and create art together. He collaborated with artists in Lancaster, PA to sell pieces of art, and also regularly works with friends on both art and music (Conroy plays guitar and drums). Conroy’s favorite collaborative piece is a 4-by 2-foot “very big, wild painting” done with a friend, which was the first piece they had created and sold together.
Conroy’s favorite project of his own is titled ‘Night,’ and features the view of SU’s football field from his apartment.
“I just kind of did this panoramic perspective and I used a limited palette, so there were a lot of challenges for me, and it turned out well. I’m really proud of it,” Conroy said. Nature, organic imagery and geometry are some of Conroy’s influences when painting, but he is also drawn to playing with ideas of expanding perception through visuals and asking more existential questions in his work.
To see more of Conroy’s artwork, follow the artist on Instagram (@cameron_conroy_).