Garric Simonsen



Artist Statement

I am a third generation artist raised in Spokane, Washington, I remember drawing and painting from a very early age. My work is influenced by my surroundings; it reflects the isolation of growing up in an artistically decentralized community. In high school I began receiving recognition for my artistic merit including cash scholarships and published works in local periodicals. I finished my undergraduate degree at The Evergreen State College receiving the Mark Blakley Memorial Scholarship, a Foundation Activities Grant and the JUNO Award for artistic achievement. I am now an instructor of record and MFA candidate at Washington State University. In the past year I have participated in Seattle’s Artist Trust annual benefit auction, the PONCHO annual fine art auction, received MFA scholarship award’s, was published in Studio Visit Magazine, Art Calendar Magazine and was awarded a residency at the James and Janie Washington Foundation in Seattle. Most recently my work was juried into the National MFA Wet Paint Exhibition in Chicago. I continue to explore the possibilities of painting and the theories that surround it.

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