A page of Ms. Schwarz’s artwork from her artist’s book
Where did you grow up?
My family moved around a lot, so I grew up in a couple of different places. I was born in Pennsylvania. I grew up in mostly small towns; Indiana, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. But for high school my family moved to a bigger city, to Milwaukee.
Was it a big transition from living in a small town, to living in a bigger city?
It was, I actually went through a major culture shock. City kids are a lot more savvy, and they have a sense of maturity that rural kids don’t have, so it was a big change for me. But I ended up liking Milwaukee a lot, and I realized I like bigger cities better than small towns.
What type of student were you in high school?
I was a good student. I was quiet, I don’t think I participated a lot during discussions. I preferred to develop ideas in my head, and I was a little shy.
When did you begin to discover that you had a love for art?
I was pretty young, I was maybe around ten or eleven years old when I realized I liked to draw. And it was through regular school art classes that I decided that I liked it. When my classmates came over and admired my drawings, or when my parents noticed that I was spending so much time with it, they put me in specialized art classes outside of school. And I went to art schools for both middle and high school.
When did you realize that you were an artist?
When I was in high school I realized that this was something I really wanted to do, and I knew I wanted to move to New York to go to art school. The art world has been centered in New York for a long time, and the more I learned about artists and studied art history the more I wanted to come to New York. I spent my entire senior year just daydreaming about what it would be like to live in New York and to go to art school. I moved here after high school, and I went to the School of Visual Arts. More…