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Friday, June 12, 2015

Interview with an Artist


Jean Hart Artwork 
Jean Hart , Artist

Interview with an Artist


Why do you do what you do? 
In the beginning I did artwork to keep my mind busy and off my recovery. But, as time went by it just became a way for me to express myself.  The emotions I was going through were just to strong to say out loud, so my paintings became a way to express myself.
How do you work?
I work slowly! There simply is nothing fast about me. I don't walk fast, I don't talk fast and I don't paint fast. 
Part of the fun for me is the set up. I like to take the time to gesso my canvas and prepare the work space. 
What’s your background?
Let's see, in education my degree is in bus/accounting/ marketing, /education.  
In art, I have take many courses, workshops and a lot of video's and books. 
What’s integral to the work of an artist?
I would say, for an artist her work must express something from herself. Something that is authentic and original.  I have found that when I paint something meaningful to me  it will often connect with someone else. 
But, then too, when I do commission work it is then all about that persons wishes. 
What role does the artist have in society?
Many artists have been our historians way back before camera's.  When you look at an artists artwork, you will see what time in history, past or  present they are painting from. Just as art techniques and styles go through stages, art too will represent what people are going through. 
I believe Artists are recording history. 
How has your practice change over time?
My work is forever changing. I started out as a portrait artists, using my children as models. 
I have gone from big canvas's to small blocks of wood. 
The one thing about my work that has not changed is my pallet. It is vibrant, bold and strong. I have tried to calm it down with  lighter pastel colors, but that just didn't express what I like. 
What work do you most enjoying doing?
I really enjoy my morning sketches. They are just quick pen sketches in my journal. Sometimes but not too often they ended up as a painting. I think they are just little snap shots of whats going on in my life. 
What are you working on now? 
Recently I have joined the artists of Art O Mat.
 My time is spent painting small wooden blocks 2" x 3"  . 
Plus I am always creating new merchandise for my online store at zazzle. 


Be Inspired,
~jean
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