April 20, 2022
A new exhibit at the Gail F. Steinhilber Art Gallery at Reeve Memorial Union features a collection of pieces by Paige Nordstrom.
Nordstrom is an artist who was inspired as a child by other artists she took ideas from.
“I enjoyed having ‘The Greats’ Monet and Vincent Van Gogh as my favorite artists. I loved their styles and the use of color, which inspired me a lot,” said Nordstrom, an artist at full time who finds joy in his works and uses them as a means of self-expression.
“I realized it was part of me, so I wanted to do something that makes me happy every day. I wanted to express myself through my work,” she said.
Nordstrom runs his own business and finds it a rewarding experience with lots of learning opportunities.
“Running my own business has been an educational experience. Most importantly, I enjoy the journey as I continue to learn and grow as an artist,” she said.
While the current exhibition at Reeve is filled with mixed medium paintings, Nordstrom has experimented with many different art forms.
“I have dived into many different artistic mediums and techniques such as ceramics, drawing, printmaking and even graphic design. Mixed media is my favorite,” Nordstrom said.
The artworks found throughout this exhibition are inspired by nature, and Nordstorm said she appreciates the size of the paintings found throughout this one.
“A lot of my paintings are about nature and the beauty of landscapes. Nature inspires me deeply,” she said. “I like to work big; it’s fun to create a painting that is bigger than me !
Just as Nordstrom finds joy in creating the artwork, she hopes the takeaways are about the same for those who see her pieces.
“I hope people leave with smiles and a sense of joy,” she said.
Her favorite piece from the exhibit is the one that captures an energetic vibe.
“My favorite piece is called ‘Poppy Dreams’. This piece has such a lively energy and mood. It was a really fun painting to create,” Nordstrom said.
The piece itself was a long creative process, she said, as it had many different layers.
“I wanted to paint over it and keep a little peak or void of the old paint as a fun reminder of where it started. Sometimes I like to reveal the old paint underneath,” Nordstrom said.
She said the reason for this method is to show the process itself.
“I think it’s important to show the different stages and transformations a piece can go through until it finally looks,” Nordstrom said.
Nordstrom’s exhibit runs through April 29 and is on Reeve’s third floor.