Anne Neilson Fine Art is excited to introduce our newest artist to the gallery, the beautiful Paige Follmann! In addition to having a large portfolio of pottery, Paige is an accomplished figurative and abstract painter. Her style is self-described as “Matisse meets Picasso” and her playful works have been placed into both private and commercial collections across the U.S. We look forward to working with Paige and are so pleased to bring her work to Charlotte!
Read on to get to know Paige Follman and her artwork!
Hometown: Highland Park/Dallas, TX
Currently Living: Atlanta, GA
When did you start your career in art and how long have you known you wanted to be an artist?
I’ve wanted to be an artist since age 9; I told everyone I wanted to be an illustrator because I loved drawing. My professional art career started just three years ago.
Describe your aesthetic in three words:
Sophisticated, intriguing, contemporary
Describe your artistic process and preparation?
I work rather slowly and methodically. I’m not an expressionist painter. I practice a lot of staring, painting, staring… always taking note of what needs to be added to the piece before it’s finished.
Favorite piece you’ve painted to date and why?
“Modern Wink” is my favorite. It’s whimsical but has a sophisticated feel. I also love the color scheme – it’s my favorite combination… calm and soothing.
Paige working on a painting in her Modern Wink Series
Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?
Entrepreneurs and artists always inspire me. I love making friends with artists and people who work in a creative field, there is always something to learn and ideas to be shared!
What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?
There are all kinds of challenges from mastering your process, evolving your work, getting representation and selling your art…
How do you approach/overcome them?
I think the key is to just stay focused on your work and what inspires you to create. Also, to go have enriching experience that inspire you… it always brings a new life to my work!
Biggest accomplishment to date (personally or professionally)?
I feel really fortunate to have my work represented by some of the best fine art galleries in the country in a relatively short amount of time. I’m still emerging but I’m so thankful for the recognition and the clients who love and connect with my work. That means everything.
Favorite location to paint? What is your studio like?
I paint in my home studio and I love it. I like to paint with the doors open, music playing, and my adopted pit bull is usually somewhere nearby watching me work.
A random fact about you:
Helen Ballard was one of my first purchasers of art! She bought a piece from me when I met her at an outdoor event in Buckhead. I love her style and Ballard Designs so it was such a compliment!
Favorite place to vacation?
South of France. There are so many museums and amazing restaurants along the beach.
What are you currently reading?
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.
What are you currently listening to?
I listen to everything but right now I’m loving Lorde’s album.
What would you be doing if you were not an artist?
An interior designer or maybe a landscape architect. Or even a stylist! Anything creative would suit me.
One thing you couldn’t live without?
If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would it be?
Someone with a totally different lifestyle… it would give me great perspective.
Your all-time favorite artist and/or favorite emerging artist?
My favorite artists are of course Picasso, Matisse, and Diebenkorn. They inspire so much of my work. I love the work of Meredith Pardue and also Carlos Ramirez.
Pablo Picasso, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, 1932
A giant work on canvas for a public building would be a great adventure. Large scale work is so fun.
What do you want your audience to know about your work?
It’s my heart. It’s very personal to me.
What makes your work unique?
There are a lot of colorful expressionist paintings in the fine art world right now, so I feel my work stands out just by the genre. My figurative scenes that feature nature, plants and figures with geometric shapes and lines are unique to my style. They are something I’ve developed over the last few years. There are certain shapes I love to use in my paintings like greek keys and squares… I repeat that over and over again in my work.
Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years?
I think every artist wants to reach as many people with their work as possible, so the goal would be to have my work represented across the country and do solo shows. That’s the dream!
Modern Wink III, 24×36
Figurative Scene VII, 40×40
Figurative Scene Palm I, 24×24
Sacred Femme Vase, Ceramic bisque made from a vintage mould, hand-painted
Modern Wink IV, 48×48