Lenny Areno is a 23-year-old fresh college graduate from President Roxas Town in Capiz Province.
Although she took a Business Administration with a Major in Finance course at the Capiz State University campus in Bailan, Pontevedra, Areno’s heart is really in the arts.
One of her major influences was her uncle who was a muralist and who printed banners for election campaigns.
Areno remembers drawing on scratch paper when she was in elementary school and selling these with the help of her cousin. “Sometimes, we’d make 200 pesos and I’d be so happy because I could help out my poor family,” she says.
Areno continued doing art in high school but, after graduating, she had to wait for two years before entering university due to financial constraints.
Although she could not find an arts-related course at school, Areno counts herself lucky for finding mentors and having had the chance to join art exhibitions in college.
She says she’s now at a crossroads – whether to work in the corporate world or pursue her dream to be a full-time artist.
“I believe that life is not about finding yourself – it is about discovering who God created you to be,” she says.
Areno, a member of Guhit Pinas Capiz, likes working with pen and ink, producing minimalist works, such as her “Shining Star” piece for the Breath of Life Project.
“My work is about each of us being a star that shines for others – whether you are an artist or a frontlibe health worker,” she says.