Seahawks Gameday Poster Series: The Art of Paige Pettibon

Get to know the artist behind the Seahawks Gameday Poster for Week 18 vs. the Rams.

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The Seattle Seahawks host their division rival, the Los Angeles Rams, in a highly anticipated must win Week 18 matchup. In order to exhibit the diverse artistic talent in the Seattle area, the Seattle Seahawks Gameday Poster Series allows local artists to showcase their imagination and artwork for everyone to enjoy and admire. This week's poster will be presented and illustrated by Paige Pettibon.

This is the fourth year where the Seahawks Gameday Poster Series have established a partnership with two brilliant artists, Barry Ament and Coby Schultz, also referred to as the Ames Bros. The proceeds from the purchase of these limited gameday edition posters are designed to benefit a local organization each week. The Week 18 beneficiary is Every Kid Sports, an organization that empowers kids from income-restricted families to participate in youth sports by providing financial grants to cover sports registration fees. Their mission is to ensure that every kid has a chance to play sports so they can experience the positive benefits of playing.

Paige Pettibon, The Artist

For this week's gameday poster, we are featuring Paige Pettibon, a Tacoma native visual artist and jewelry maker who has been a part of the art industry for over 10 years. Before she dove into the pathway of becoming an artist, she worked multiple jobs such as painting and cleaning houses and watching kids where it has helped "inform her creative process" and shifted and shaped her into the artist who she is today. The community she surrounded herself with at the beginning of her career supported her aspirations and dreams that helped model her work ethic. At a young age, her parents exposed her to the beautiful nature and scenery of the state of Washington which influenced her relationship to art. Once COVID broke out in 2020, she started to really invest in her passion and evolve her craft into becoming a full-time artist. She considers herself "a forever learner" and credits her grandma and her indigenous roots for inspiring her to acquire a new skill of becoming a fine jewelry maker which plays an integral part in the creation of her art pieces. Other than her ancestral background, she admires many indigenous artists in the industry to gain inspiration, especially Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, a visual artist that is from the same Flathead Salish tribe as herself. When she browses through her work, it makes her feel "excited and connected" to her ancestral lands through her strong influence of indigenous visuals. Paige is a very savvy artist that loves to brighten her community and the Seattle region with her artwork. Her artwork can be found in the Tacoma Art Museum, Smithsonian, and the Stonington Gallery. Outside of being a full-time artist and jewelry maker, Paige and her partner love to watch movies, hike, and engage in community events, and participate in storytelling with the Puyallup tribe.

As a freelancer, she has allowed herself to grow her network and work with numerous clients in Seattle such as the Seattle Kraken, North Seattle College, and various art galleries. Being her own boss has allowed her to take on new projects and to expand her brand throughout Washington. When she partners with her clients, she takes into consideration of their needs and tries to find ways to be unique and innovative, but also stay true to her heritage. She aspires to make her work "visually stunning and approachable" for the viewers to enjoy through the use of bright colors and the involvement of animals, faces, and the stunning views of nature that Washington has to offer. When devising a new piece, Paige's number one goal is figuring out ways on how her artwork can bring joy and excitement to the viewers. Her favorite artwork that she ever crafted in her career was a self-portrait called caləɫali altarpiece, translating to "a place of lakes." This piece is meaningful to her because it paved the gateway to new opportunities and hope for the embarkment of her art career, and it was the first piece that she sold to a collector through the Stonington Gallery. Paige's confidence grew from there, and she knew that the sky was the limit for her potential. With over a decade of experience under her belt, she remains humble of her accomplishments and reminds future artists in the making to "trust yourself and to keep on going and to find the people that will support you and lift you up but will push you further in a loving way through constructive criticism." Additionally, Paige advises young artists to "say yes to opportunities that sound really scary and out of your reach because that is how you grow and develop." Lastly, she would like to thank her partner, another ambitious artist, who is always there for her and is always willing to help sharpen her skills. Secondly, her parents, who are her biggest fans of her artwork. They helped foster her creativity and supplied the resources necessary for her to develop her artistic skills as a teenager where you can all see has paid off for her in the end.

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The Artwork

Paige has never heard about the Seahawks Gameday Poster Series before but used it as an opportunity to challenge herself and allow her imagination to come to life. She feels really special to be a "part of history" and that this was something that she didn't know she could dream of for herself. Her family has a background of playing college football, and she has always surrounded herself around Seahawks fans. Now that she was given the chance to give back to the Seahawks through art, she did not hold back on her vision. Her poster incorporates a dark landscape background showcasing the current winter season with the involvement of mountains, stars, and clouds along with the color scheme of the Seahawks colors (green, blue, grey, and white). She utilized a skull to symbolize the Rams and purposefully placed the Hawk on top of the skull as her main subject to represent the concept of winning. Paige reiterated that this poster is a dedication to the 12s, so she made the number 12 an important representation to her piece. Overall, she found this experience to be "humbling," and she felt more "connected to the community" knowing that the proceeds of her poster are going towards a charitable cause.

Go behind the scenes with team photographer Rod Mar as he shares moments from the Seahawks' Week 17 win over the New York Jets on January 1, 2023 at Lumen Field. Eye On The Hawks is presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers.

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