Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Paige.
Stephanie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My earliest memories were creating in Mother Nature. I would spend hours outdoors enchanted with the wildlife that surrounded my home in Michigan. I was lucky to have creative and artistic parents. My mom was a wonderful artist and began teaching me everything she knew. I remember when I was 14 I declared that I will be a fine artist and that was it for me. I knew then that was my path and no one could tell me differently. I started selling my fine art in my teens to collectors and loved the feeling. After going to School for graphic art, because that was a practical way of making money from your art, I moved to San Diego. In my 20’s where I started creating my fine art and I would reproduce my art into prints and sell them in store in San Diego. At the same time, I started my Mural Business for restaurants and businesses and that became an instant success where I did that for the next 15 years.
My heart always pulled towards creating my own art, my own visions and dreams despite what people would say. I am a dreamer, I don’t listen to the, “But what ifs.” After working with fresco and Venetian plasters and learning all I can about the material I began making these peaceful meditative abstracts on hollow wood doors. At this time in my life I wanted to create meditative, loving pieces inspired by Mather Nature. Once I had about four pieces made, I brought them to a cool place downtown San Diego called Mixture. Misti and Brumby, the owners were amazing and supported my art were my work was selling like crazy. I will always be so grateful for their support because they help me find my way to becoming a successful contemporary artist. That feeling that people loved my work and would like to have it in their sacred space was such an honor to me. People would tell me how much peace and happiness they felt when viewing my work. That became my purpose and my own source of peace and joy. I only create when I am in a positive space and I believe my energy goes into my work and will always carry this energy to others.
Back when I moved to San Diego, I would visit this amazing well-known gallery in La Jolla and I would stare in the window and just say to myself, I will be in here one day and my work will hang in these windows. One day I walked into that gallery 15 years later with my art in tow and presented my work to this lovely lady, Lisa Jacobsen, the owner of the Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery. She loved my work and welcomed me into her gallery and I have been in there ever since selling my work and doing very well. From being in this well-known gallery other reputable galleries in different states started representing me. I started being collected across the world from amazing art collectors.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Smooth road, well I would say long road. It is not easy to become a well-known artist and there are so many talented artists out there that dream this dream and never make it here. I never ever give up on what I dream for and I never take this for granted. I am grateful for this career and the partnerships I have with the gallery owners and sales representatives.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Stephanie Paige Studio – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a contemporary fine artist creating abstract mixed media works of art that is inspired by Mother Nature. I specialize in textured colored marble plaster that is sanded, burnished and polished on an over-sized wood panels. My work is set apart from other artist because the technique is very unique, the process is difficult to create and it does not look like any other artist out there in person. My work is like wall sculptures that has an incredible look and feel to them. People are drawn to them because of the serene feeling they get.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I look forward to letting my art lead the way and enjoying each moment that will come my way. I am open and optimistic for my future with my art. I am always experimenting in the studio coming up with different series of my work. I look at my future as a story book, I am wondering what is on the next page, who will I meet, what will I create and where will my story go? I am enthusiastically optimistic of what I will find.
- Address: Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery 7946 Ivanhoe Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037
- Website: www.stephaniepaigestudio.com
- Phone: 858-361-1828
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paigestudio/
- Facebook: @stephaniepaigeart
- Twitter: @SPaigeart
- Other: www.contemporaryfineartsgallery.com