Genevieve St. Charles is the queen of ribald, brash imagery that culls from pop culture—her signature glossy paintings that riff on foodstuffs or beverages like La Croix or White Claw have been exhibited and collected extensively. Ironic (or not so ironic) La Croix “flavors” like Millennial Avocado Toast Housing Crisis are perhaps more apropos—or perhaps flat out nostalgic—than ever. In addition to her paintings, St. Charles creates murals, designs eye-popping, delicious posters, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. (Ever wanted a side table that looks like a luscious peach emoji? Yes, you do.)

“Whenever I’m starting a new painting, design, or illustration, I always start with pencil and paper,” says St. Charles. “For sketching, there’s something about graphite on paper that you just can’t replicate with an iPad. I concentrate on shapes, flow, and composition before getting into specifics; I want the piece to have a ‘flow’. Every one of my finished pieces started off as a tangle of shapes and half-formed ideas on a page of my sketchbook, drawn over and over in different ways, until a collection of lines finally behaves and the linework is ready to be polished digitally.”

By Amanda

Amanda Manitach is a Seattle-based artist who works primarily in the medium of drawing, merging text with pattern, working aspects of the visceral, dirty, humorous, and sublime into pieces made painstakingly over time. In addition to exhibiting locally and nationally, she worked as Visual Arts Editor at City Arts Magazine for six years, served as curator of Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University (2013-15), and co-founded and co-directed multiple mixed-use arts spaces in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, including TMRW Party and The Factory. She is represented by Winston Wächter Seattle and New York.

She loves to peep on artists' sketchbooks.

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