We had the good fortune of connecting with Paige Pflueger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paige, why did you pursue a creative career?
I am passionate about art. Art can show humanity at its best and its worst. Art gives me the space to express the deep belonging and connection I want to feel in this world. It fulfills me in a way I don’t think any other career could. I’ve tried to entertain the idea of different paths or more ‘practical’ jobs, but it always comes back to creating art. Pursuing an artistic career doesn’t come without its challenges though, I’ve had to come to an understanding that not everyone is going to like my work and that’s okay. As long as I know my truth and it brings some people joy —it’s worth it!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Practing painting and practicing humility goes hand in hand for me. I have made many mistakes that I have learned from— and I will continue to make mistakes, but I hope with each mistake, I can make better decisions going forward. If a certain style or concept doesn’t stick, I have learned to keep trying until something does. Good things take time! I am really excited to share the current body of work I have been creating. The power of human connection has always been the underlying theme of my work and, now more than ever, it feels so important to me. I try to capture moments of vulnerability, empathy, humility, and love by depicting the human form. We are all at our best when we are finding ways to connect and take care of one another —and I hope my paintings represent that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I just moved to the Phoenix area so I’m still doing a lot of exploring myself! But I would start by taking them on a sunset hike at Camelback Mountain, because there is nothing prettier than an Arizona sunset. Then take them to a fun brunch at The Henry. And of course, hit up Old Town and show them some shops and art galleries around there. Then maybe end the night at the Bitters bar, because they have the best cocktails!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Where do I start?! First off, my parents deserve the most credit. I’ve had the privilege of having loving and supporting parents through this career path. They have continued to believe in me and encouraged me in times of self-doubt. Second, Daniel Kersh, Christian Blue, Caitlin Swift, Alexandra Lund are some of my closest art friends and inspirations. And some of my art would cease to exist without their help and guidance. Daniel Kersh is an impeccable visual artist and lighting designer. His work ethic inspires me to dive deeply and fully into my work. @danielkersh Christian Blue is an incredible dancer and artist. Our conversations about humanity, love, and connection have been the backbone of my current body of work. @christianparisblue Caitlyn Swift and Alexandra Lund are both multimedia artists with painting being their main medium – like me! And let me just say this – it has been so valuable to have strong, supportive, and loving women in my life who are there to pick me right back up from doubt and art critiques that didn’t go well. I don’t think I would’ve made it through art school in one piece without their love! @caitlynswift @alexandralundart I have been very lucky to have these talented artists come into my life. Please go check out their AMAZING work (and i mean AMAZING!!) and give them some support!