From Painting to Crafts, Lacey Gera Can Do It All
Oct. 22, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Behind the scenes, off the court and outside of the classroom, Fresno State student-athletes do more than just eat, sleep, study and breathe their sport. Most of them have other hobbies and interests and even talents that the regular fan doesn't get to see. Junior outside hitter Lacey Gera of the volleyball team is one example. The 2006 WAC Freshman of the Year has artistic talent as well that she developed at a young age and shares with those close to her.
There is no question that Gera succeeds on the volleyball court but she is also a talented artist, something she grew up doing and that has only grown into a passion as she has gotten older.
"When I was little I always was making sand creatures and going outside just to draw whatever was there," Gera said. "I would always go to the craft store and pick up a bunch of different items and do little crafts and create different types of art."
Her love for art expanded in high school where she took several different types of art classes at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, Calif., and then took a couple of art classes at Fresno State as well.
"I just took a drawing class at Fresno State and took several art classes in high school, a paper mache class then drawing and painting classes," Gera added
While Gera enjoys many different types of arts and crafts she has found with time that painting is her number one joy.
"I like to draw but painting is my passion," Gera said. " You can do whatever with the piece but in drawing I feel like you have to know what you are doing. In painting you can just go anywhere with it and it really is a blank canvas."
Gera has never thought about selling her artwork or entering it in any galleries, fairs or contests. She said she has had several people comment however, that she could sell it and make some money off of it. For now though, Gera just likes to use the art to decorate her house, as it is full of her artwork, and to give to friends and family
"I made something for my best friend for his birthday and for Kelly Leonardo and now Lexi Watson wants something," Gera added. "Every person that sees my art asks if I can draw them something. I want to start drawing more for other people. I don't like buying things for other people I like making things for them instead. I will get just plain pictures frames and just draw on them or paint them or something crazy like that."
With her majoring in Child Development, Gera said she doesn't really have an interest in pursing a career in art although she did think about getting a minor in the subject.
Most recently she painted a guitar and a purple flower and was working on a mural as well. While describing her art, Gera said she just writes down ideas and tries to piece them together, but not in conventional ways.
"I like my art to be different and have lots of different colors and symbols so it is more abstract and not so simple," Gera said. "Even though you can look at my paintings and tell that that's a flower or whatever it might be I like to mix it up a little. I want people to see my stuff and think it's cool and like the color combinations and notice it's different than most pieces they have seen."
As for her inspiration in art, Gera doesn't study one particular artist or have a favorite.
"I don't have a favorite artist," she said. "I just like seeing what other people are doing. I really like looking at art. I don't have as much time as I would like to just go to museums and look at art online but if I had more time I would do that more. On tv when they talk about art I will stop and watch. I love to see the stories about kids younger than me and their painting and what they are doing with their lives and the art they are creating."
While many of her family and friends know of her `hidden talent' she doesn't share it with everyone right away.
"My roommate grew up with me, I have known her since I was eight and she didn't know I was into painting and arts and crafts for a long time, but now she always wants to see what I am doing and she is so intrigued by it," Gera added. "I also like hearing different feedback from different people about what colors they think mix well or what they see from the painting at different angles."
She definitely isn't the typical painter.
"It's kind of my quiet time I just like to sit by myself and paint," Gera said. "Sometimes people will watch me but then they try to give suggestions and it's just me and I want to work and create my own pieces. I don't have an easel or anything I just set the painting in my lap or go outside. I'm not really organized with it my paint is in a plastic bag but its fun that way."
While she gets a lot of compliments, Gera is humble and encourages anyone to use their artistic brain to create their own artwork.
"Everyone makes comments about how they don't know how I do, it but honestly I think anyone can do it," Gera added.
"It's really cool when I hear other student-athletes say that they play the guitar or are into music or building airplanes or whatever it is. It is cool to see what other people do behind the scenes and I want people to know I am artistic and I hope they are interested in what us student-athletes do off the court or field or whatnot."
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