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Artist of the Week: Viridian

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 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 mediums?
With the medium I’m currently being recognized for (hair color), I’ve been creating for nearly nine years. As far as other mediums, I’ve been creating as far back as I can remember. My parents always had me in art classes or physical extracurricular activities. I attended Young Writers Conferences. I was a competitive gymnast up until high school. My early 20s were filled with circus-y performance arts (stilt walking, fire dancing, clowning, aerial acrobatics, etc.) and I still utilize movement arts as a creative outlet on almost a daily basis.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
My creative process is generally either materializing something from my imagination or creating an artistic vision for another person. When I’m materializing something from my imagination, there is no timeline and I can’t push it to happen. Inspiration strikes and I must create, I can’t sit there and brainstorm creativity, it just doesn’t work like that for me. When ideas do hit me, it’s like obsessive-creative-compulsive. I have a notebook that I sketch out ideas in. I’ll fill up pages at a time in a matter of minutes and then it will go untouched for a couple weeks until inspiration strikes again. As for creating an artistic vision for someone else, I need either a desired end result or overall inspo-board (I’ll have my clients make me Pinterest boards of hair and color schemes in general that they are drawn to) and then I need 24 hours to figure out my game plan. After that it’s smooth sailing. I need that 24 hours to figure out my execution though, for whatever reason it is a necessary part of my process.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
Have you ever actually analyzed the way light bends? We tend to think of the rainbow as a color-blocked ROYGBIV arc but that rainbow is truly a SPECTRUM of color. You almost can’t pinpoint true “yellow” or “blue” as the colors melt into that gradient we classify as clear and separate colors. Subtle nuances of tonality and that gentle reminder that MOST things exist on a spectral scale as opposed to some sort of binary - those things inspire me. Color, whimsy, sci-if, the PNW, non-conformity in the name of human rights, disrupting the boundaries of what is stigmatized as acceptable vs. unacceptable... I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
I’d say recently it’s all been nature. I’ve had this cloud fixation as of late.

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
My art on hair is temporary, so I may not actually *have* it anymore, but the blue sky with clouds hair was a breakthrough piece for me.

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?

I’d have to say my time living in Montana has affected my art and my outlook the most. I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend nearly five years in the Rocky Mountains deprogramming and letting go of that which did not serve me. I was surrounded by artists and creatives of all varieties. I found myself and I found what sets my soul on fire. It was in Missoula that I began my performance art career and that had a HUGE impact on my imagination. As for hair specifically, I took a two-day Free Your Hair color workshop from @roxiejanehunt in August that gave me so many new ideas and techniques.

If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
If you want to see more of my work you can check out my Instagram, @viridianpaintsrainbows. I’m also presenting five models next month at Holiday RAWk 2018. You can find details to that show on the RAW Artists website or in my bio.

What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
What’s next for me is an internship! Though I’ve been creating with hair for many years, I’m just now completing cosmetology school. I’m looking to be hired on for the Gary Manuel Advanced Training program. They have a really great program, an editorial team I aspire to be on, and they get invited to do Fashion Week so there’s a lot of opportunity and many creative powerhouses within the company. Fingers crossed I’ll be joining that team January 2019.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
Would it shock you to hear that I’ve had many years experience as a barista as well? (And, of course, I dabbled in the rainbow latte art craze.) The last roaster I worked with was Elm Coffee Roasters and my loyalty lies with Elm. I take an 8oz brewed coffee, for here. No cream, no sugar, nothing but straight single origin goodness.