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Artist of the Week: Stacey Pollard

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! See all of our past Artists of the Week in our dedicated section.

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Stacey Pollard: After art school, I made collagraph prints and drawings for several years. When we moved to England and I no longer had access to a press, I started painting on board with textured papers and adding collage elements — I never looked back.

Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I start with snapshots that I use as a reference for composition and color. I make a loose paint sketch to figure out the darks and lights and the composition, then I add different papers and drawing to add texture and remind me of colors. Finally, I start painting with acrylic glazes and thick paint.

Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
I usually find inspiration when I travel or even just walking around the neighborhood. An interesting tree, shadows, the shapes made by a row of houses — they will change when I paint them, but those are all interesting starting points for paintings.

Do you have a specific "beat" you like best – nature, food, profiles, etc.?
My beat is landscape or structures in landscape. During the pandemic, I've been focused on paintings of trees, forests and beaches — images from my "sanity walks."

What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
I have a few pieces that I will never sell —they remind me of a particular place and time in my life. I have a small painting of a tree that I did many years ago — that tree was in Kew Garden, and my son gave me the idea to paint it — that was the first painting I made after years of making prints. Nope, that one is never leaving!

Do you have one piece of art that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
Everything affects my work. Moving from California to England, back to a different part of California, and then up here — my work changed every time. My palette changed, without any conscious effort — because the light is different, my studio space is different — I'm seeing a different view when I walk outside or look out the window. My mood affects my work — again, I don't realize it until I look back at it later. During this crazy time, painting has been a way for me to be normal and just try to make something instead of doomscrolling.

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
You can find my work at Gray Sky Gallery in Pioneer Square. I also have a website, My Instagram is @staceypollardpainting — which has more studio shots and process pictures, as well as finished pieces.

What is next for you? Anything you're working on right now that you're really excited about?
At the moment, I'm working on some paintings with reflections. I just finished two small squares (Reflections I and II), and now I'm working on some larger ones.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
Dark roast with a dash of cream!