We had the good fortune of connecting with Paige Turner-Uribe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paige, why did you pursue a creative career?
I spent a lot of time drawing as a child, and knew at an early age that I wanted to be an artist. I didn’t have a huge exposure to art history as a young child, but once I started to learn about it in school and at museums, I was hooked. Art made sense to me and the challenge and commitment suited my temperament. As a woman, I feel that I owe it to my female relatives who had artistic tendencies, but didn’t have the same opportunities to pursue it that I’ve had because of the era they lived in. I also hope that my daughters learn about resilience and dedication from seeing me persevere and that girls can do anything.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I make medium small oil on canvas paintings of atmospheric scenes from everyday life. My work explores the way feeling and mood are conveyed through color and light and open-ended narratives which allow the viewer to bring their own experiences to the work. The paintings are a combination of my perception of physical realities and experiences, something in the ether and the formal language of painting. There’s always something to discover in the process and some intangible thing I’m trying to express. My career path has been unpredictable. None of it has been easy, but I’ve learned a lot and I have so much to be grateful for. I would like to try teaching again one day.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles has great places to hike and wonderful views at Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon, Temescal Canyon, Baldwin Hills and many other spots. One of the things that’s so interesting about LA trails is the remaining architectural ruins and landmarks from bygone eras that have become part of the natural scenery. The beaches are always nice when you can beat the crowds. There are countless old Hollywood destinations like the Roosevelt Hotel which is a fascinating place to visit. The Getty and LACMA are also great. And Lares Restaurant on Pico is a favorite place to go for Mexican food. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wonderful husband and two daughters who inspire me daily, keep me grounded, and always make me laugh. I’m grateful for all the lovely people in the art community here and abroad who have encouraged and supported my work and helped me grow as an artist. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of participating in some artist led curatorial projects at Sift Painting (Ireland), False Cast (San Diego), and Fortnight Institute (New York). It’s lovely to learn about new work and to feel connected to other artists and the community through such projects.
RP (portrait photo only)