When I make a piece of art, I'm looking for something beautiful, simple, and honest. I do this because when people don't get in the way of themselves, that's how life is. I'm experimenting with oil paints, but mostly I find myself drifting towards dry media, and especially chalk pastels. I appreciate the process of drawing because it's much more direct than painting. It lets me feel much closer to my subjects - which is particularly important because I am primarily a figurative artist. I end up drawing myself the most but there's nothing so "special" about me. Everyone has these quiet moments in their own lives and so it becomes very easy for other people to understand and relate to what I'm creating. The figures in my work invite the viewer to participate in the calm, contemplative mood I've depicted. Genuine human connection is quite difficult to find. When someone looks at my work they can stop, breathe, and connect.
I studied Fine Art and Art Education at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and graduated in 2018. Since then I have been a working artist, taking commissions and participating in art shows across the US. I'm currently living in the Pacific Northwest with my dog, Chloe, where I'm continuing my classical art education at Georgetown Atelier.
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.