The Talented Paige Harvey!
Atlanta artist Paige Harvey divides her time between her downtown studio and the Harveys’ cottage on the Oregon coast. Her latest series reflects a decade of recurring visits to the tide pools of Tillamook county beaches. Imagery for her work is drawn also from extensive travel in four continents and her lifelong interest in bird watching, wildlife observation, and gardening.
Recent acquisitions of Harvey’s works include the collections of Nashville music producer Reen Nalli, Chicago based Lazos Latinos, and the Denver Ritz-Carlton’s “Ellway’s”. Harvey holds master’s degrees in both art history and drawing and painting from the University of Georgia. She taught at Brenau University and Tallulah Falls School before devoting herself to full time painting. Her paintings may be viewed in Atlanta both at her studio by appointment or at Nandina Home & Design. Harvey’s studio is open to the public each month for the Atlanta Downtown First Thursday Art Walk.
I recently had the joy of snagging Paige’s bright spirit for a brief interview. Here is a glimpse into her musings!
When did you start painting?
I started drawing as a child and painting in college. I was an Art History major so I did more drawing until I was working on my MFA.
What brought you to abstract as a style?
I liked lots of dramatic gesture more than I liked the minimalism that was in vogue when I was studying painting. I studied with Elaine Dekooning for a couple of years, so I learned a lot from her about the history of the 1st generation abstract painters.
Obviously you’ve found your vocational calling, but if you could have any other job in the world, what would it be?
Hmm…If I had to choose another job, it might be landscape design, archaeology or teaching.
Do you have a favorite piece of work (or series) that you have done over the years?
My favorite series are the Convergence Series (the big horses) and the series based on trekking in Nepal.
Where do you gain your inspiration?
Forms and patterns in nature are my primary inspiration.
What other artists/creatives do you admire?
I have too many favorite artists or styles to list…but I am thinking whether there is one favorite…I always enjoy seeing Anish Kapoor’s giant shiny sphere in Chicago’s Millennium Park.
What are your favorite things to do when you are not painting?
When not painting I like dog walking, traveling, and gardening.
If you could have dinner with anyone (living or deceased) who would it be?
How about dinner at some of the Bloomsbury group soirees?
Where is your favorite place that you have traveled?
Favorite places include eastern Nepal, Uganda’s palmetto marshes, Peru’s Tambopata region, The cape of South Africa, Parc Volcan in Rwanda (home of mountain gorillas), the Oregon coast and so many other places!!
More information is available at www.paigeharveyart.com and come meet her at Nandina Home & Design’s Art Open House March 22nd!