This article is focused on a dynamic new artist Sage Gallon born Leslie A. Gallon who changed his name to Sage 15 years ago because he went through a spiritual transformation. I personally was drawn to him through his art work posted on Instagram and Face Book. His passion, creativity and the quality of his art work were magnetic. Furthermore, his work spoke to me and I hope it speaks loudly to you.
The beauty and diversity of his collection is incredible. For that reason, I sent him a message and he replied humbly with so much enthusiasm. Therefore, we scheduled an interview. The first question I posed to him was what inspires your work. He credited being raised in a commune in Northern California helped shape who he is today. He felt his diverse upbringing and background shielded him from the (isms) racism, sexism, socialism and homophobia. He later moved back to New York where he lived through his early twenties. There he was introduced to fear and hate all connected to the (ism’s) which he defines as,” fears of differences”. He further believes these fears shape the current realities of many people. Some of the harsh realities he lived through negatively affected his psyche. He watched his father blow $1,000,000.00 dollars on drugs, alcohol and the vultures who mascaraed as his friends.
Sage was afraid to be involved with drugs and alcohol because of the experience he had with his father. Furthermore, he still cannot believe he was on crack cocaine during his entire twenties. After all he was voted prom king and graduated in the upper 10 percentile of his class. Unfortunately, he was introduced to drugs by some peers who he thought were on the right track because they had cool clothes and a beautiful upscale apartment. Before he knew it he had a full-fledged drug problem which lasted ten years.
Sage’s destiny changed when a close friend and mentor, Walter O. Neal, who knew he was highly intelligent, intellectual and talented decided to help him . He took Sage to an art store and purchased him an easel, paints and acrylics. From there his art form was born and his recovery began. He found solace in his art work. For those reasons, he attempts to extend hope to all because a person’s life can change for the better in one afternoon.
Sage defines his art as real life experiences that shape his state of mind. He moved from drugs to taking ideas from his struggles and developing passion. Next, he knows God used his friend Walter to help him move toward the positive aspects of life. Finally, he credits hard work and diligence combined with a loving family. In essence all of those forces mixed with creativity equals fine art.
Currently, he enjoys a healthy lifestyle with plenty of mental and physical exercise. He walks on the beach and meditates each morning. Additionally, he attends AA meetings and enjoys helping others. His passion and faith reveal the beauty and essence of the world through his art. Sage stays busy painting and writing. Not to mention his photography. Although, he is a very busy man he still encourages humanity to stop rushing around and stay in the moment because beauty is everywhere. Next, stop avoiding sensitive topics and get involved because life is a creative process! Lastly, another friend and mentor David Stork encouraged him to do a piece on the homeless because they both agreed this is a very important topic that needs visibility and discussion.
Sage revealed, “I have been Homeless, I know what it is to be cold, hungry, lost… I know what it is to be hungry and alone… I used to carry keys with me and pretend there was somewhere a lock that the keys opened… I know how it feels for people to move seats because of the smell that I had grown accustom to, I know how it feels to be invisible as though my life did not matter… How it felt to have my Humanity stripped away”.
After, viewing his collection it was hard to believe this man has no formal art or photography training. Sage is just blessed and gifted with natural raw talent. As a result, he felt comfortable going to the street to capture the true essence and beauty of humanity for his collection on the homeless. Furthermore, he sees it as an enhancement not a tragedy. There are many events in life that people never see or try to avoid because they are too busy dismissing differences along with the poor elements of life. This causes them to become numb and insensitive to harsh realities like drug abuse and the homeless population. He encourages us to understand these are still human beings who need love, support and help.
Feel free to check him out at sagegallon.com , FB Sage Gallon, Ig &Twitter @sagegallon and Instagram at @sagegallon.
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