Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District
Meet Mount Rainier Artists Lofts resident, Gary Coletrane. This mixed media artist shares his advice for a beautiful creative life and gives us a sneak peek into what he’s working on today.
How did you discover the medium you currently work in?
Over the course of time, the discovery process evolved after sculpting slightly raised surfaces. I create two-dimensional textured surfaces using acrylic paint, fabric, sand, leather, and I alter the form of shapes for the creation of low and high bas-reliefs.
How do you define “artist”?
As an artist, I am a solution-minded individual and an innovative thinker.
How did you discover the Gateway Arts District?
Nearly twelve years ago, I stumbled upon the Gateway Arts District, and I’ve lived and worked in my loft studio ever since. It’s proven a favorable and rewarding experience.
If you could give your younger self a piece of advice about being an artist, what would it be?
I would advise my younger self these key ingredients:
What drives you?
I believe creativity remains a priceless commodity, and I enjoy the process. Furthermore, I receive great satisfaction knowing full well I’ve rendered services for the requested or commissioned assignment.
What is your greatest challenge as an artist?
My greatest challenge involves the tension around work in development and the completion of projects. I often see more that is possible in existing work.
What are you working on right now?
I’m excited about the series of my current mixed media compositions with music as the central theme, and welcome more conversations with collectors and curators about the direction of this new work.
Are you an artist? We want to get to know you! Click here to do our artist interview!