It might seem odd to some to see that I work in so many different mediums, but for me the true joy in being an artist is in experimentation. My paintings, monotypes, and photo transfer blocks all represent playing with a variety of materials to see what they can do and how they can be used in ways that may be different from their original use. A cabinet door can become a Craftsman style painting; r ound objects can be used to create interesting textures; and photographs can be taken to a whole different level by transferring them to wood and applying paints and glazes.
I like to apply this philosophy in my home life as well – my meals are often fusion dishes that combine ingredients and techniques from several cultures and much of the furniture and décor in my home is made from re-purposesd materials and refinished, thrifted items.
You can check out more of my projects on my blog at www.LivingWholeARTedly.com
Originally from Woodstock, Vermont, Eric Paige has a Bachelors degree in Studio Art from Johnson State College. While in high school he was awarded a Photography Award from Pentangle Council on the Arts and was also awarded the Mitch Hager Art Scholarship.
After working at a local living history museum, he studied History Museum Studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program. His love of history and art came together while living in Cherry Valley, NY when he opened Cherry Valley Mercantile, a store selling re-purposed items, antiques, and artwork. A trip to Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire as a child, sparked an interest in faux finishes and in addition to the retail business, Cherry Valley Mercantile offered faux finish painting services. Much of his current work is inspired by the Craftsman/Prairie period and uses faux finish techniques to replicate tile and metal work of the period.
In addition to painting, printing, and photography, Eric also enjoys cooking, exploring Chicago's restaurants and architecture and re-purposing thrifted items.