Dae Geiver originally came to Real
Change in late August 1997 to be a vendor. She was
referred to StreetLife Gallery when she asked if she could illustrate a
cover picture and displayed some of her work. A native of Edmonds,
Washington, Dae has practiced painting her entire life and received art
scholarships to study at Shoreline Community College, the University of
Washington, and the Art Institute of Seattle.
Geiver's artistic talent runs in the family. "My mother and
grandmother were artists. I watched them make magic on a blank piece of
paper, and it never occurred to me not to."
She was working as a successful artist, doing commission work and
displaying her work in several galleries nationwide, until her luck
changed in 1991. She had a car accident and was not able to work after
that. Virtually paralyzed, Geiver could hardly lift a cup to her mouth.
She had to receive surgery for her condition after four years and fought
hard to recover. Her husband, who worked as a carpet layer and vinyl
floorman for years, stayed home to take care of her for a period of time,
but then himself was hit by a car and unable to work. Since the two of
them became injured, they have been on and off the streets. They now
live in transitional housing with their four children, ages 8 to 16, and
are trying to restart their lives.
Geiver's art scenes of nature, particularly water and sunsets, are reminiscent
of her few childhood years in Japan and the beaches of Seattle,
where she finds much solace. "The rain and the mist mute a lot of
the colors of nature," she explains. "Seattle and Japan are both
like that. My first memories are color pictures in my mind of Japan.
When I came to Seattle, I was happy that it was similar."
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