Artist: Paloma Paige is seventeen years old and has been interested in art for as long as she can remember. For the last two years she has been both a volunteer and intern at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. There she further developed her skills and found new inspiration.
Artist Statemet: My current focus is on black & white sketches. The idea behind these fictitious portraits is the simple question, "What is in a name?" Much can be deduced from a person's name, such as geographical and cultural heritage. (For example, Paloma is Spanish for "dove;" Paige is of old French/English origin and means "young child.") But of course, people's characters go beyond these parameters; they are always evolving. Hence, the reason I accompany each name with a full portrait, in an attempt to capture a moment in an emotional/psychological journey. I begin my artistic process by experimenting with unique name combinations. Then I wonder, "How does this name sound? What comes to mind when one says it?" This is the material I use to create the person.