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Meet Casey Wakefield

Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey Wakefield.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
As a child, I grew up in a small Midwestern town in central Illinois as the only child until the age of 10. To entertain myself, I spent most of my time drawing, coloring, riding my bike, and competing in sports. I went onto Illinois State University where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. After college, I followed my high school sweetheart to Arizona as he pursued his passion of playing football for the Arizona Cardinals. During that time, we married, had three children, moved to California, to Illinois and now back to Arizona enjoying the desert climate as we continue to raise our children Jamison, Carlee, and Emma. Since we have been back, I found the Milan Art Institute and began studying classical painting where I discovered my passion for color and oil painting which led to my interest in abstract painting. So now on most days, you can find me painting in my studio working through different palettes of color onto canvas.

Please tell us about your art.
When creating my abstract paintings, I am inspired by the essence of the creative process. I like to create compositions of color, some predictable and others unpredictable, with layers of acrylic ink, collage, acrylic paint and finishing with oil paint onto canvases. Depending on the memory or experience I am creating, I collage paper with patterns, quotes, music sheets, or poems. For me, the joy of painting is to watch the abstract emerge into something that evolves from the process. The canvas becomes a contemplative transformation of colors, drips, and marks. The final goal for the finished product is for the painting to create an emotional connection for someone.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
For artists today, I think there are many more opportunities than ever in history to show your artwork and to connect with people. The internet provides various platforms through websites, social media, and online galleries rather than a physical gallery. However, I still love to view art in person at galleries and museums and believe they provide valuable experiences for people. I think it is important for our city to support art by allowing our young students to experience art education and providing them with opportunities to visit and experience art for themselves. The creative process teaches valuable lessons to children by allowing them to use their imagination and to learn to persevere through trial and error in order to reach an end goal.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You may view my artwork on my website, social media, or studio by appointment only.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Gilbert, Arizona
  • Website: www.caseywakefieldart.com
  • Phone: (217) 419-3192
  • Email: c.wakefield1@mac.com
  • Instagram: @caseywakefieldart
  • Facebook: Casey Wakefield Art
  • Twitter: @CaseyWakefield1

Image Credit:
Nathaniel Lynde

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