What does it take to go from being a lawyer who paints once a week, to becoming a full-time artist? Stacey Creem shares how she made a midlife pivot, leaving a successful legal career behind to pursue a lifelong passion for painting.
Stacey Creem was a successful New York attorney of 20 plus years when, approaching 50 and the reality of becoming an "empty nester," she was compelled to follow her lifelong passion for painting. At first, she reduced her hours in law, allowing herself Fridays to paint, but she soon realized she wanted to do this full-time. In 2020, Stacey earned her Certificate of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art in addition to her J.D. from New York University School of Law, and her B.A. from Tufts University. In her portraits, landscapes and still lifes, she explores the relationship between subject, color, brushstroke and composition to create fresh and contemporary perspectives that capture her unique worldview and joy of painting. Her paintings, which often depict everyday objects and people, elevate the quotidian to images that convey emotions unique to each viewer that engages with them. Stacey’s recent solo exhibition at the Oresman Gallery in Larchmont, New York, entitled The Victory Farmers, highlighted a local growing project benefitting a local food pantry. The exhibit included original paintings and photographs depicting people in their home gardens and the produce they grew. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums in New York.