Apryl Hughes

Apryl Hughes

Hello, my name is Apryl Kelli Hughes. I’ve known all my life that, I am an artist. I started this blog to be able to share my journey with whoever would like to join me. You see, I am on a mission…To take over the world!!! ;) No, really. Please allow me to share a piece of myself. I would like to give you a bit of my background as a developing artist. Makeup is the first medium I taught myself...I will never forget the moment when my Mom came in my room with a box of her grease makeup from the 70's and told me to "Have fun." She said, "Play with this... you can't make any mistakes, if you don't like it you can always wash it off and start over.” That was the defining moment for my artist. I was 6 years old. I did what my Mom told me to do. I played with my art. I put makeup on myself and anyone else that would sit still long enough, including my little bothers. I devoured magazines that had pictures with makeup I liked. I studied the photos, from the overall composition to the lighting, styling, set design, and hair. I thought about how the photos made me feel and I looked at what the artists did to inspire that mood or emotion. That was the beginning of me being interested in producing my own photographs. By the time I turned 14 I was doing hair and makeup for my girlfriends for their dances and proms, etc. My best friends step dad was a photographer that had his own business selling "Glamour" photos; he hired me to do makeup, hair and wardrobe. When I was 16 my "Dancer" woke up; I happened upon Riverdance. It was on PBS. The raw power and energy that exploded from such a stunning art form had rendered me hopelessly obsessed. It was in those moments realized; I had to learn how to do that. I searched for classes in Chattanooga to no avail. After about three months of almost frantic searching, I finally found a school in Northern Atlanta. By this time I had turned 17 and after convincing my Mom and Dad to let me drive to Atlanta by myself twice a week. I began taking Irish Step Dance classes in April of 1998. It is traditional Irish dancing done in a competitive arena. Most Irish Step dancers begin training between the ages of 3 and 6. I was 17. The school that I joined did not have an adult beginner class so what do you think I did? That’s right; I wanted to learn so bad, I jumped in with the little beginners. Imagine a 17 year old girl in a class with ten 3 to 6 year olds. To this day it remains one of the most amazing learning experiences of my l