From the age of eight, Stacia Gates recalls using art as a form of therapy. Growing up in an unstable, abusive home, she found comfort in drawing. When her mother left her abusive father and raised her as a latchkey child, her passion for art kept her company and gave her self confidence. “I remember as a little girl entering an art contest that I heard about on the radio. It was for an orange drink. I drew this picture of an orange with big lips, and when they announced I had won on the radio, I was overwhelmed.”
Ironically, later when Stacia’s mother left her abusive relationships to focus on raising Stacia and her brother, she had to fight yet another battle with cancer and lost. Stacia’s mother died at the age of 37. At 18 years-old, Stacia found herself alone again but this time she had to also take care of her little brother. Aside from working to support her brother and herself, Stacia found solace in studying art design at the local community college. Art was always there to take care of her when no one else could.
With so much darkness in her young years, Stacia says she tries to show the bright side of life in her work. “I love color and use it as much as possible. I’m very spiritual. I look at everything in life with color like the energy of the sun --the strongest form of light. I love to reflect the sunlight on glass or water and create images. It fills up my soul and I get lost in it. I can do it forever. I hope my art triggers an emotion and a sense of well being. I hope my work inspires and brings that energy to others when they see it. I hope to generate that spiritual feeling so that they can go into their world and maybe carry some of that positive light or energy with them for the rest of their day.”
Today, Stacia’s family life is stable with a supportive husband and two teenage sons. For the last 20 years she has kept up her passion of art with projects for her son’s schools and various home productions. Now that her sons are older, she can finally focus on her art. Last year she started buying canvases and painting seriously. By May she was showing her work at The Happening Gallery in Marina Del Rey. By the end of 2011, her photography was being shown in the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts. She has continued to win more awards across the country including first place in Art Scene Today for her acrylic painting of a piece appropriately titled “Spiritual Sky.”
Stacia has two Exhibits this month of March showing abstract painting at The Happening Gallery in Marina Del Rey and showing photography at The McGroardy Arts Centers Main Gallery in Tujunga Ca.
Stacia will be in the next “International Contemporary Masters” volume VI
Showing her award winning painting “Spiritual Sky” and others.
Stacia has been accepted to show her work at “The Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts in 2013.
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