A Little Background
Gia Whitlock, "Explained"
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where I experimented with oil, acrylic and encaustic painting. After my second child was born in 2011, I began to work in collage and was juried into the Utah Arts Festival with this medium in 2012. This was my first big festival I had ever done. Shortly after the festival, we moved from Salt Lake City to Portland, Oregon to start a new life.
Portland was bursting with beautiful scenery, a vibrant art scene, and friendly new faces. It was shortly after we moved here that I started to explore intuitive painting. It took some time to work up to a style using this process, and in 2014, I was juried into Art in the Pearl. This was the best festival I had ever done. Art in the Pearl led me to representation in galleries, sales, and connections that would last a long time. This was also the first time I realized that the tent I had used for seven years, had a hole in it.
Since my first Art in the Pearl, I have participated in a variety of art shows around Portland including Local 14 and Portland Open Studios. In 2015, I did three festivals, including the Salem Art Fair and BAM ArtsFair. I have also been honored to teach three summers at Grace Art Camp, a wonderful program for children ages 4-12.
As my children and I have gotten older, I have begun to focus more on group and solo shows in coffee shops and stores, I did a solo show at Powells last December and I have done numerous group shows in the Portland area.