Sage Sansone, Asheville NC Member Since March 2012 Artist Statement I was born in 1974 in Santa Fe New Mexico and was raised in rural Brooklyn Connecticut. My mother and grandmother who are both skilled in visual art taught me how to draw and paint at the early age of five, which continued to be nurtured by various professors. Over the years I developed my own whimsical style. I later ventured into portrait work, illustration jobs, and CD art for music promotion. Beginning in 1994 I began focusing my professional energy on my music, which was also a prevalent gift I was born and raised with. In 2010 I began building a new portfolio in acrylic paint, inspired by the creative freedom, movement and the process which I learned from improvised music. I infuse my love of nature, music and mysticism in my artwork.