While language may be a barrier for some, art transcends all.

For Ana Barrera, an 18-year-old senior at Captain Shreve High School, she used art as a means to communicate when she moved to Louisiana in 2014 from Mexico.

“I was in a bilingual school,” she said. “I knew English, but when I went to Youree (Drive Middle School), I couldn’t understand anyone there. I had a formal English background, but when everyone was speaking in their slang, it was hard.”

Now she has no problem communicating with her friends, many of whom she’s met while in Project Talent (including last week’s SB Art Junior spotlight, Katelyn Grice).

Barrera’s main medium is Prismacolors, though she enjoys painting in acrylics and oil.

“I’m about to start sculpting this semester,” she said. “I’ve never done that.”

Barerra said she’s been interested in art as long as she can remember and plans to pursue architecture and interior design at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.

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