7.28.2016

Design Feature ... Artist Paige Kalena Follmann

I have a huge respect for artists, I think it is partially because I always wanted to be able to paint.  I dabbled a little in high school and truly loved it, but I wasn't talented at all.  I can paint dots all day long in a bathroom but for the most part I leave the art to the seriously talented.


Paige Kalena Follmann is just that.  This Atlanta artist came across my radar a few months ago when she emailed me and introduced herself.  I had heard her name before in the Atlanta art scene but I had not had the pleasure of seeing her amazing work.  Specializing in abstracts, florals and figures her work makes my heart skip a beat and her paintings draw me in completely.  They are nothing short of gorgeous.






Don't you absolutely love her work?  There is something calm and soothing in her pieces.  I love mixing original art with vintage and antique pieces and her art is the perfect combinations of color for me.  It was hard for me to decide which pieces to showcase. 

Of course, I love the Q + A section of all features.  I love getting to know creatives and tastemakers more and Paige did not disappoint.  She is intriguing and kind and you will adore her as much as you adore her art.

First of all, tell me about Paige Kalena Follmann? How did you start painting?

Art has been something I’ve loved my entire life. I took AP Art classes in high school and college and then studied Fine Art while attending the University of Barcelona. I started painting for friends and eventually for clients, but it was pretty sporadic. I think the big push to make it a career happened when I took a break from painting. I didn’t paint for almost a year, and I just couldn’t get away from it mentally. I KNEW I had to paint. So, I decided to really go for it and create a large series of work, build a website, start an online shop and get involved in group art shows and events. I really couldn’t believe how quickly things took off. I sold 30 paintings in my first 3 months and I was contacted by a gallery within a week of launching my website. I’m just so amazed that people love my work and so grateful for the support.

How has your art changed over the years?

I’ve developed a more mature and sophisticated look. I’ve also expanded my color palette and learned to create more interesting abstracts by adding texture and depth. I still love painting figures, florals, and abstracts and I imagine that will always be my focus, while exploring different interpretations of those subjects.

How did your childhood influence your art today?

My parents definitely embraced opportunities where I could develop my creative skills. I got a great education and art was a big focus of my learning. It really influenced me to be open-minded and I think that childhood curiosity and creativity has stuck with me all this time. 



Share two people who have influenced your talent and why?

My high school art teacher. She was pretty strict with me, but also gave me lots of encouragement. She wrote a letter to my parents and told them I was wasting my potential as an artist by not taking her class seriously enough! That was definitely a well-deserved kick in the pants. Also, my mom is a great influence. She’s honest, supportive, and has a great eye for design. She has definitely influenced my taste for art. 
 



Do you have a favorite thing to paint?

It bounces back and forth between my favorite subjects – colorful nudes, florals, and abstracts. Abstracts are really fun for me because it’s total creative freedom and random movement on the canvas. It depends on my mood; sometimes I’m feeling structured and other times I just let things go wild!

Where do you find inspiration?

Anywhere and everywhere! I draw inspiration from color, texture, pattern, nature, photography, interior design, etc. I also love studying the greats like Delaunay, Matisse, and Van Gogh. There is endless inspiration there.

Where is your favorite place to create?

In my home studio that overlooks the backyard. I open the French patio doors and look out at the trees and it feels very airy and peaceful. I like to just pretend I’m in the mountains.

Favorite item on your desk/creative area?

A little framed black and white print of some paintbrushes that a friend gave me.

What is your favorite way to unwind?

Laughing. Usually at myself. Getting together with one of my best friends usually does the trick.

Five must haves?

A sketchbook, a black ink pen, a comfy pair of shoes, a great book, and a soy latte.

Favorite quote?

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought” - Buddha

Isn't she darling?  Keep your eye on this talented artist, she will only get more attention in the years to come with the incredible design scene here in Atlanta.  You can see more of her work on her website (which is also gorgeous) and you must follow her on Instagram where she shares a lot of in progress shots.

Thank you Paige for sharing your art with me.  I can't wait to own one of your amazing pieces sooner rather than later.  Your work is nothing short of incredible!

Happy Thursday ... one more day until the weekend!!

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