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Artist of the Week: Geraldine Le Calvez

Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists who we love to feature weekly on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at hello@seattlerefined.com. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other medium?
Geraldine Le Calvez: I have always enjoyed drawing and painting. I remember as a child finding peace and calmness in art and creation and to to this day I still do. I think the oldest record I have is when I was five or six years old and everyone in my family received their self-portrait for Christmas (parents and grand-parents are always a great audience to have when it comes to creation, they always find beauty in what you create). However, I really dipped into my love for creation a few years ago, when I left the corporate world. I mostly like to paint with acrylic and create natural sculpture on canvas. However, I always enjoy exploring other media. Lately, I have been really enjoying oil.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
It all starts with a color that catches my eyes or a feeling that I want to express on a canvas or a piece of paper. If I create a lichen art piece, I will first prepare and then brush paint each lichen by hand one at a time. Then I will mount each piece on the stretched canvas. The technique creates a 3 -dimensional structures. My main objective, is to give the impression that the piece is reaching out to the spectator.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
My art lately has been based and inspired by nature and the travelling we have been doing. But a daily event or a specific day can bring a particular inspiration.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
This past year, my main art has been with Lichen and creating art sculpture on Canvas.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
Yes, I have a drawing I did when I was 10 years old of one of my grand-father working in the field.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
One of the most significant experiences was 16 years ago, I gave birth to twins who were born prematurely (28 weeks to be exact). Their journeys at the hospital and the years following their births has shaped who I am now and of course my art.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
You can visit this link and find some information on the shows I will be participating at as well as some pictures on some art pieces.

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I am getting ready to do the Best of Northwest on November 9th, 10th and 11th at Magnuson Park in Seattle. I have been busy working on some new pieces and looking forward to this show.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
Creamer and honey with couple drops of coffee!

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