Gerald Kevin Bigelow is a Tacoma based artist, specializing in Cultural art forms. Being of both African American and Native American decent, Gerald combines the artistic styles of both Nations to create original coil basketry, acrylic paintings, illustrations and jewelry.
Gerald was raised in the Watts section of Los Angeles, CA, near the Watts Towers. The mixture of Black and Latino cultures in the area was of great influence in the development of Gerald as an artist. His artistic skills were evident at an early age and he spent much of his time drawing, making toys to play with and reading books on art.
Gerald's trek through life led him through Texas, Louisiana, the Carolinas, Washington and Alaska. Gerald has spent most of his working career as a Graphic Designer. He began teaching cartooning for Bellingham Parks and Rec in 1995 and has been teaching some form of art for the last 20 years.
Gerald is very dedicated to community based arts and has worked and volunteered for numerous organizations including The Catholic Youth Organization, S.E.R.R.C. Juneau, Alaska Public Radio, The Juneau Indian Studies Program, The Tlingit Immersion Program, The Sitka Tribes of Alaska, The Sitka School District and Tacoma Christian Center.