art_kit_logo_twaBy SOPHIE STONE.

Introducing Charli, an artsy 17 year old from Greenhithe!


What are you doing at the moment?

Right now I’m a student at Albany Senior High School. I will apply for university to study fine arts and teaching at the end of the year. I hope to become an intermediate art teacher in the future.


What’s a common theme in your art?

Darker themes including mental illness. Nature, people and visual representations of emotions.


Charli de Koning.

What’s your favourite word?

Chrysalism: The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm.


Have you ever been given some really good advice (art or otherwise) which you want to share?

Keep doing whatever feels right to you. Take criticism but do not change who you are or what you do best for others.


Favourite food?

Probably noodles, haha.


Who is your favourite artist?

Toulouse la Trec, Van Gogh, Monet, Gustav Klimt.


How has art impacted on your life?

Art has given me hope for the future and the ability to let out emotions in positive ways. It’s given me the opportunity to show the world what I have to say and what I can do.


Is there a type of art/style you struggle with or find more difficult than others?

Making paintings simplistic and neat has always been a struggle since I like to turn things into big ideas with lots to say and have lots of emotions flowing through them.


Dogs or cats?



What’s your opinion on modern art?

Modern art can be good and bad. It is bad that we cannot show detail and effort into the paintings and other art as much as we did in the past. For example, the renaissance period where artists spent years making a singular painting. The good thing is nowadays anything can be accepted by critics if you have a good meaning behind it and if you are well connected in the art communities. I do enjoy seeing the creativity through abstract modern art that would’ve never been accepted hundreds of years ago.

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