Artist Feature: LCCC Student Aaron Pruett Channels Ideas of Brokenness into Charcoal Works

Aaron Pruett’s works have a life of their own. With amazing details and shading, the charcoal pieces tell stories to viewers. These stories Pruett focuses on include the themes of the imperfection of humanity — no one is perfect. His pieces accent ideas of brokenness and how people are always working on themselves to become better.


Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm from East Alton. I went to Roxana High School and go to Lewis and Clark Community College, where I study graphic design.


Is charcoal your favorite medium to work with?


I love charcoal [and] as somebody who is colorblind, I push my focus on value. The mess and, at times, uncontrollable nature of charcoal is very freeing to me because it allows me to focus on ideas of brokenness and being unfinished. My work is rarely about precision because, to me, if I wanted precision, I'd just take a photo. Charcoal helps remind me and my viewers that my work is man made and there's a person behind each line.


How long have you been doing art?

I started when I was really little. My parents used to ground me from drawing because that's the thing I did the most. I always loved creating art, but it wasn't until about a year and a half that I got really serious about art. I realized that I never really put effort in the things I loved and if I ever wanted to feel fulfilled in my life, I had to throw everything I had at it. So, I drew for at least two hours a day for almost a year. I started taking classes and studying on my own.


What inspires you and your art?

To me there is nothing more divine than creating. It's what sets us apart from everything else. I feel closest to my creator when I create.



What are your goals with your art?

My goals are to tell my story through my work and hope it impacts and relates to the world around me. Ideas of brokenness and being unfinished and still working on yourself are ideas that we all relate to — they're ideas that describe everybody's life

Check out more of Aaron Pruett's work on his Facebook page @Aaronpruettministries