Painter Paige Harkey cap­tures small spaces


Paige Harkey got se­ri­ous about art dur­ing her ju­nior year at Ris­ing Sun High School

“Hav­ing art in high school is a big rea­son why I am an artist to­day, and with­out it I would prob­a­bly not be the artist that I am to­day. It started as a way to create, and through rep­e­ti­tion of draw­ing and paint­ing I be­gan to un­der­stand my­self more and process things in my life that had changed me,” Harkey said.

This sum­mer, she is shar­ing her work through the Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil and do­ing paint­ings and draw­ings for friends and the pub­lic.

What type of art do you create?

I work in paint­ing, draw­ing and sculp­ture, but I be­lieve that paint­ing is what I love the most. I don’t usu­ally en­joy paint­ing from pho­to­graphs, but would rather paint from life be­cause see­ing a three-di­men­sional area and trans­lat­ing it into a two-di­men­sional work is some­thing that takes a lot of pre­ci­sion, pa­tience and care. An­a­lyz­ing and ren­der­ing real life is much more tan­gi­ble for me than from a photo.

Who are your artis­tic in­spi­ra­tions?

One of my fa­vorite con­tem­po­rary artists is sculp­tor Ja­nine An­toni. Although we work in dif­fer­ent medi­ums, she is an in­spi­ra­tion of mine be­cause of her phys­i­cal in­ter­ac­tion with her art­work. I long for the same tan­gi­bil­ity with my ideas that she has with hers.

What do you en­joy about your work?

I love the process of paint­ing. It takes map­ping out, lay­er­ing a foun­da­tion, then build­ing up the struc­ture with ap­pro­pri­ate marks, while keep­ing the en- tire en­vi­ron­ment of light and color in mind.

What is your fa­vorite piece – any story be­hind it?

I have two fa­vorite pieces that are the be­gin­ning of a se­ries that I’ll be work­ing on for the next year or two.

“Un­der The Sink” and “A Kind Of Shelf” are two pieces that are about cap­tur­ing the at­mos­phere of small spaces, in which I can create a sense of safety. Sit­ting down, an­a­lyz­ing the de­tails of depth and com­pre­hend­ing the in­tri­cate va­ri­ety of color that the air lay­ers in it­self is a med­i­ta­tive process where I can en­ter the sa­cred area, giv­ing my mind a place of se­cu­rity.

I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing where this se­ries takes me.

Artist Spot­light runs monthly in the Jump­start sec­tion as part of the Ce­cil County Arts Coun­cil news.


A fa­vorite of lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike, the Elk­ton Diner is lo­cated along Route 40.


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