Alumni Artist Spotlight- Cree Gregory

By: Melanie Rosato

Meet Cree Gregory!

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Q: What media do you work with and why?

A: Recently I’ve been working primarily with digital media. It’s convenient after working all day at my “regular” job, because I can easily take out my tablet and start drawing or painting without needing to mix colors or get supplies together in the limited time I have.

Q: What themes and concepts are you currently considering for work?

A: My senior work at Keystone dealt with issues surrounding mental illness and while I would love to continue exploring that in the near future, I decided to take a short break and take time developing my drawing skills and own style. I’m currently working on getting more comfortable with drawing the human figure, environments, and in a much broader sense, color theory in general.

Q: What techniques, approaches, or programs do you use to manipulate and enhance your media?

A: I usually draw and paint using the program Paint Tool SAI and then adjust colors or other technical details using Photoshop.

Q: Who are some of your influences in the arts?

A: I follow a lot of different artists online, so every single one of them have influenced me in some way just from being exposed to their work every day. To name a few favorites: Samantha Mash, Audra Auclair, Neva Hosking, J.A.W. Cooper, Kristen Liu-Wong, and Denis Sarazhin.

Q: What are your aspirations for the future?

A: I don’t have a set-in stone plan right now, but I’m open to any artistic opportunity that comes my way. I’m especially interested in the illustration field, which tends to be the type of work I gravitate towards as well as the type of work I like to produce.

Q: What was your favorite thing about the program here at Keystone?

A: The small class sizes were ideal because you were able to work close with your art professors and get a lot of helpful feedback. The whole art community at Keystone is very supportive and you can really grow as an artist with the great variety of different art classes offered. I was exposed to a lot of different artistic mediums that I would never have considered trying beforehand and I’m very grateful for that.

Q: What is your favorite memory at Keystone?

A: Whenever I had a class with my good pal Courtney!

Here are some examples of Cree’s current work:

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