We had the good fortune of connecting with laine gay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi laine, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by women and nature. Women are strong and resilient even in the face of so much adversity, so I create art to celebrate women. Most of my artwork focuses on themes of growth and healing from trauma. I love depicting women growing alongside nature or women becoming part of nature. I use floral and figurative elements to show the strength and beauty of the feminine spirit to help others feel empowered.Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work explores what it means to live in today’s society as a survivor of sexual violence while celebrating women by highlighting their healing journey. I use the figure and elements of nature to show the beauty and resilience of women. I got to where I am today through hard work and consistency, and I am proud to say that I am able to be a full time artist for a living. It has not been an easy road, I have doubted myself and had to work part time jobs to make ends meet but in my opinion, persistence is key. I have learned that inspiration finds you working, you need to be consistent in your art practice to improve your skills and ultimately your business. I want the world to know that being a full time artist is possible if you work hard enough. Being able to brighten someone’s day through art is one of the most rewarding gifts of becoming an artist.Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love taking people to my studio at South River Art Studios, in East Atlanta. Not only do I get to show them my creative space, but I can introduce them to the other incredible artists who have studios at SRAS. I also love taking people to the botanical gardens, especially in the winter time to see the lights. One of my favorite places to go shopping is Rag-O-Rama and some of my favorite restaurants are Little Rey, Grindhouse Burgers, or Hattie B’s.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out my studio, South River Art Studios. I have had a studio with them for about two years and they have always done an amazing job of making the space feel like a community. I am so appreciative of the opportunities and relationships South River Art Studios have given me, especially during this past year.