Published on December 8, 2014
Introduction Andra and Samantha are twins. They were brought up in an average family, making an average income. Growing up, they drew pictures, exchanged paintings, and together developed a shared fascination with art. Preschool came and went, and during elementary school, the twins began to develop more distinct personalities and tendencies. Andra was more organized, focused, driven; Sam was more whimsical and abstracted. They both continued to draw in their free time, and were acknowledged by their teachers and peers for uncanny talent for their age. However, they both possessed other skills, too. Strong reasoning and comfortability with numbers. They were well rounded and competent in their subjects, and showed promise in many disciplines through the rest of their elementary education and into middle school. Once they reached high school, the stresses of grades and school assignments and overall responsibilities began accumulating, along with a growing exposure to the world. The idea of going to school, to get a good job, to make a lot of money, to be able to consume and provide for family and live a comfortable life, and eventually be able to retire and live a predictable, comfortable life was being etched deeper into the brains and conscious of these two girls. Their teachers applauded both their skills in math and science, and encouraged them to consider engineering or medicine, degrees in high demand with high stability and job placement that automatically will provide a good salary. They had the skills, so why waste that skill in something like charcoal portraits or abstract photographs, only to end up with limited versatility postgraduation? Andra and Sam, being similar in skill and yet unique in mindset, travel separate paths through the obstacles of money, education, and art.