Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Smith.
Jason, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I have always enjoyed creating art. Since as long as I can remember, it has always been my main activity. I create art because I have to. I could not imagine doing anything else. There is a compulsion within me to recreate my environment using colors and forms.
I have worked my whole life in the arts in various capacities. I think the unique freedom and challenges in my work have kept me going strong. I like creative problem solving and being able to express something unique. I will continue being a painter until I cannot.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My work seeks to tell a story or give the impression about something subconsciously. To me, color and form are crucial in my work. I want to create subconscious emotions using color and from within the viewer, while creating a story in the margins.
Paint is my central medium. I like using paint because I love color and it suits my working style. I also love using collaged, painted paper. I prefer flat images like those often found in illustration and folk art. I want my painting to almost resemble an impression. I am heavily influenced by early illustration and Mexican folk art.
I have no expectations for my artwork. I know everyone will feel different about each piece and that each person will have a unique response. Nothing makes me happier than when a piece of my art affects someone in a significant way or brings them some joy. When someone brings a piece of my art into their home, I feel I have conveyed an idea or emotion that is now part of their life and adds in some way to it. To me, this is really special.
How can artists connect with other artists?
I advise artists to get involved. First Fridays and Artlink are great ways to see and connect with local artists. Taking classes is also a great way to meet and talk to other creative people working in a medium that interests you. There are many classes you can take at any community college or the Mesa Arts Center.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I often show my work around the valley. I have been recovering from a deadly auto-immune disease called Wegener’s Disease, so I have not had the energy to put together a large show lately. Anyone can find my work and current shows on my website jasonsmithart.com. I also have high-quality prints for sale on Etsy and Amazon.
- Website: jasonsmithart.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neitherlandz/
- Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/neitherland
Artwork by Jason Smith