Interview with Jessica Marie, Painter
Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of interviewing Jessica Marie, a full-time Minneapolis-based painter, who reached out recently. Jessica creates wonderful custom paintings, and she has been creating paintings for the past twenty years and she paints in both a realistic and modern aesthetics. I really like Jessica’s artist philosophy, which is discussed in more detail below. She states, “If you work hard and are persistent with creating, inspiration will always come along with the process. The more you work, the more inspiration you will have.” Please visit Jessica Marie’s website to view more of her work, which is not only limited to animals.
KATHERINE CARVER: What were your beginnings as a painter and when did you realize it would become your chosen form of expression?
JESSICA MARIE: I’ve always had a strong interest in art since I was very young. I enjoyed experimenting with a lot of different materials. I started oil painting when I was 13-years-old. I realized in high school that I wanted to go to art school to pursue a professional career with my art.
KATHERINE CARVER: Did you study art formally?
JESSICA MARIE: Yes, I attended Syracuse University in New York for Graduate Studies in painting, and I received a BFA in Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minnesota.
KATHERINE CARVER: How do you describe your style?
JESSICA MARIE: For my dog portraits, I work in two different styles: My Modern, Expressive style features bright colors and texture that make a one-of-a-kind painting. This is a loose and painterly style showing the actual brushstrokes on the canvas. I use oil paints in many layers with small charcoal drawing elements giving it a very unique modern look.
My Realistic, Detailed style features natural light, color, and space that make a striking, unique painting. This style has a lot of blended layers, textured brushstrokes, and small details. I use oil paints in a neutral color and gradually add layers of brighter color and detail that give it a one-of-a-kind realistic and painterly look.
I can also work in other styles upon request, from realistic to abstract. I really enjoy the uniqueness of each style to create a custom painting that my art collector’s will love and cherish in their homes for years to come.
KATHERINE CARVER: Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating paintings was absolutely something that you had to do?
JESSICA MARIE: I naturally gravitated to painting since I was a child. I’ve always had a strong passion for creating things. It took many years to develop my painting skills and personal styles. I work full-time as a professional artist, and I can’t imagine doing anything else. Art is my life’s passion, and I enjoy creating paintings that make people happy.
KATHERINE CARVER: What was the impetus that inspired you to begin painting animals?
JESSICA MARIE: I’m a huge animal lover. I really enjoy capturing the uniqueness of an animal’s personality. Each one is so different and special. It’s wonderful to be able to express this through my art. People love their pets, and a painting can capture the expression and personality in a way that a photograph isn’t able to. It’s a great way to pay tribute to our beloved pets.
KATHERINE CARVER: How have your own dogs/animals influenced your artwork?
JESSICA MARIE: I grew up with five chow chow dogs, along with cats and hamsters. I’m currently a proud pet parent of a beautiful 17-year-old Siamese cat that loves spending time in my art studio. I’d love to also have a dog again, but at the moment my Siamese cat demands she has to be the one and only in the household! I started creating drawings and paintings of my pets when I was young, and I still create artwork based on my cat.
KATHERINE CARVER: Where do you show/exhibit your work?
JESSICA MARIE: I exhibit my artwork locally in Minneapolis and nationally at various art galleries. I currently have paintings on exhibit in New York, Kansas, and Florida. I was just recently notified that I won the First Place Juror Award for an international exhibition at FSU Museum of Fine Arts in Florida. I have an upcoming solo exhibition in Minneapolis in Spring 2017.
KATHERINE CARVER: What does “being creative,” mean to you?
JESSICA MARIE: Being creative is about exploring and discovering new ideas and techniques. It’s about finding new ways to present your ideas and thoughts visually. This leads to a newfound perspective of my art, life, and experiences.
KATHERINE CARVER: What is the most challenging aspect of being an artist?
JESSICA MARIE: I think the most challenging aspect as an artist is to keep yourself motivated and push forward with or without immediate inspiration. If you work hard and are persistent with creating, inspiration will always come along with the process. The more you work, the more inspiration you will have.
KATHERINE CARVER: What inspires you to keep going and what keeps you motivated?
JESSICA MARIE: I really enjoy working on my art daily. If I’m having difficulty with motivation, then I like to experiment with different materials and discover new ideas through the painting process. There’s always something new to be discovered and it helps keep me motivated.
KATHERINE CARVER: What kind of patterns, rituals, and routines do you have while making your art?
JESSICA MARIE: I keep a to-do list of what I need to work on each day. It includes prepping canvas, painting, varnishing and marketing work. Sometimes I have multiple projects I’m working on, so it helps to keep everything organized and to meet my deadlines. I enjoy listening to art podcasts and music to keep me energized while painting in the studio.
KATHERINE CARVER: What artists inspire your work?
JESSICA MARIE: Some artists that inspire my work are Seurat, Matisse, Modigliani, Klimt, de Kooning, Dorothea Tanning, and Alice Neel.
KATHERINE CARVER: What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
JESSICA MARIE: Practice. Practice. Practice. Create a studio schedule and stick to it. Don’t seek perfection. Keep experimenting, exploring ideas and techniques. You will eventually find your own voice and style.
KATHERINE CARVER: How can people view and purchase your art works?
JESSICA MARIE: You can find more info, photos, and videos of my Custom Pet Portraits on my website.
I can paint any animal and breed. I have a variety of canvas sizes to choose from. All I need are some of your favorite photos and your background preference. I can also work from multiple photographs to combine multiple pets in one painting. I’m happy to help you choose the photo that will work best and make suggestions for colors, compositions, and backgrounds to create a special one of a kind painting of your pet. If you are interested in a custom painting or have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are a few videos of Jessica Marie’s work.
All images contained in this interview are courtesy of Jessica Marie.
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