We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabie Gates and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Being able to create something that makes people happy is so rewarding and having the opportunity to do what I love as a career is a blessing. Art can connect people in ways that other things cannot and I find that so appealing and fulfilling. I moved to Denver from Cheyenne, Wyoming five and a half years ago to pursue singing and art and I have never looked back. Denver is filled with such talented and artistic people and I feel right at home. Being surrounded with such support and encouragement has helped me be able to do what I love!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Art has been a huge part of my life since I was a kid. My grandmother and I used to watch Bob Ross videos together and paint for fun. I learned so much about art from my grandma and she always let me be creative when I wanted to, no matter where we were or what we were doing. My art has changed in many ways over the years and I am happy with the progress I have made. When I am inspired, my art can range from realistic portraits of animals to mushrooms and skulls. Asking other people’s opinions of my art helps me understand different perspectives. It is exciting to grow and learn constantly through others’ views on different art. I am looking forward to the day when live art shows return, so I can see more art lovers in-person!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Denver is a fantastic location and I love living in the heart of it. Union Station would be my first stop to take a friend! It’s a beautiful building with some amazing restaurants to choose from. The Mercantile, inside Union Station, is one of my favorite places to eat and I always tell people to go there. Right across the street is Wynkoop Brewery, which is a great place to grab a tasty beer and play some pool. Having everything so close to me is great when having visitors.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shout-out to my mom, Chanin, for always encouraging me to do what I love and always supporting me. She has been my biggest fan since I was a kid and is my best friend. Anytime I need a little push to keep me going on a project or an extra set of eyes to check my work, she is always there to do so. She gives me her honest opinion, which I ask for, but always in an encouraging way. Thank you, Mom, for helping me become who I am today and for believing in my art – I love you!