I make acrylic paintings on canvas that explore themes of mental illness and the processes of coping and healing. I use the painting process to better understand my anxiety disorder. I am especially interested in the relationship between color and emotions. The colors I use tend to be pastel or vibrant, but by thinly layering them over days and weeks I create color mixes that evoke complex emotions. My painting process, like recovery, is back and forth: reground and repeat.
Grace Hoag graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her BA in Art and Design with an emphasis in painting, Business Administration Minor, and Arts Entrepreneurship certificate in December 2019. She has exhibited work in Colorado at the Tointon Gallery in the Union Colony Civic Center, the Mariani Gallery at the University of Northern Colorado, the Oak Room Gallery at the University of Northern Colorado, and had her first solo exhibition at the Green Earth Brewing Company in downtown Greeley. Additionally, she has curated two art exhibitions at the Mariani Gallery: Catharsis in Color, and Homosexual Menace. Reproductions of her work have been published as cover images of The Crucible literary magazine for four consecutive editions. She is one of the American Association of University Women Aurora Chapter’s 2018 scholarship recipients, as well as the Bernice E. Magnie Visual Arts Scholarship from the University of Northern Colorado. Grace is currently living outside of Denver and plans to continue to work as an artist and curator.
10 x 34 x 1”
Acrylic and Cotton on Canvas