Grace is best known for filtering our contemporary world through the lens of realistic representational painting. Hailing from eastern Washington, she has lived and worked in Seattle for over 10 years. Grace earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and French from the University of Washington and Sciences Po Paris before continuing her studies in classical drawing and oil painting under the mentorship of Juliette Aristides at Gage Academy of Art. Her senior thesis project "Still I Rise" received national coverage in print and broadcast media notably in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine and Real Change News. Her work has been recognized by numerous international competitions including as a finalist in the 2020 BP Portrait Award and Art Renewal Center. Grace is currently a teaching artist with Gage Academy adult and youth programs (since 2016), AIGA (since 2018), and Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (since 2019), in addition to teaching privately in her Sodo Seattle studio.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.