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Meet Sage Helperman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sage Helperman.

Hi Sage, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started off as a cartoonist at the age of ten years old in Elementary school. Often times I would doodle cartoon characters in class instead of paying attention, trying to hone my craft.

In middle school, I started writing a lot. I even produced and performed in a one-man show for my school. I illustrated the slides, wrote the script, did the voices, coordinated the event with the school staff and fellow students, and even made it a dinner theater production. It was my first major foray into the world of art and entertainment in a public way. The one-man show was called “The Helperman Farm”, and it was based around animals I used to have as a kid growing up on a farm, with some political satire and unnecessary cartoon violence of course.

I started doing more fine art around the age of 15, which is the style I stick to primarily today. This type of art is heavily inspired by music and mind-expanding experiences. One time at a music festival, I saw this guy live painting on the stage with the band. I was extremely impressed and enthralled. To this day, I still think the reason I live to paint at shows is because of seeing that guy paint on stage.

I’m also a musician. I’ve been playing guitar since age 13, ukulele since age 18, and percussion since 19. Music in some form has always been in my blood whether it’s listening or performing.

These days I live a humble life with my art and try to live paint or exhibit at as many events as I can in the Denver and Boulder areas.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Being a starving artist is never fun, but it’s just a part of the journey. You need that experience of despair with your art to really “feel it” I think. However, I am grateful for the various opportunities that nice people have given me to get myself out there. If it weren’t for the kindness of others, I wouldn’t be where I’m at.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a live painter (person that paints in real-time as a performance) at music concerts and art events primarily. I am also a cartoonist, writer, guitarist, photographer, videographer, and all-around human.

Hopefully, I am known for those things, but I think the reason I have made somewhat of a name for myself in the live painting world is because of my never-ending drive to keep improving and rage it artistically as hard as possible. It’s my passion in life and I think some people can see that. It’s infectious.

I am most proud of my work ethic and being different from others. I prefer to stick out from the crowd, be my own animal.

I think what sets me apart from others is that I stick to my style and don’t allow the humdrum or social constructs of what art should be dictate my work or approach to art as a medium.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I have been very lucky to have several kind people in the music industry and art world help me to climb the ranks. I couldn’t have done it by myself. So in general I’m very thankful for the many bands, performers, venues, galleries, festivals, promoters, etc that have given me the space to do my thing.


  • Original canvas; starting at $10 (can go up to $200 depending on as size/scope of a piece
  • Prints: $3 – $20 depending on size

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