Happy D. is an imaginative realism oil painter who is inspired by ethereal and feminine aesthetics. She was a self taught oil painter for 8 years and built her art career online, including the highly popular YouTube channel ‘Happy D. Artist’. While she had achieved a high level of success, and exhibited in galleries around the world, she found herself craving more professional art instruction in order to level up her skills; so she trained under Tenaya Sims at Georgetown Atelier in Seattle, where she now teaches.

Artwork by Happy D.

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.

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