Interview by Zoe D'Angelo | Photography by Simply Time Photography New York
How did you become interested in art? I became interested in art because I can express myself in a more visual way. It led me to try different medium which is an adventure to me. I am currently trying out new mediums every week to push myself to get better.
Who is your biggest inspiration when it comes to art? I don't have any one artist in particular. I like to follow different artist for variety. I am currently interest in artist, Octavio Ocampo. His artwork is in the metamorphic style which is many images that make up one large image. I find his work intriguing and for a school project I am working on a piece with this style.
Why do you like watercolor more than other mediums you usually work with? I think I like watercolor because I can mix the color more evenly and I am drawn to the gradient look. I enjoy the different techniques and certain materials that have chemical reactions to the pigment in watercolor. I can use this to make some really fun designs to implement in my work.
How do you try to be inspiring? I hope that I can inspire people that may feel insecure in certain areas to try and pursue something they are passionate about. If they practice and learn all they can about it, you just never know what it can lead to. I knew I loved art, but there are so many mediums and styles that I really had to find what I enjoyed the most. I didn't think I was necessarily a painter, but once I discovered watercolor I fell in love!
Do you plan on continuing your career in art as you get older? Yes, I will always continue with my art wherever that path leads me. I have been interested in Animation, but I want to always enjoy my art and not feel pressure to draw on a deadline, so most likely it will always be a side career for me.
How do you feel once you have finished a project? I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment at the end of each project. I usually get really excited when I finish a project and can't wait to hang it up in my room/studio. I often surprise myself with the end result because as I am doing step by step, I am not always certain how the final outcome will be.
What do you enjoy painting or drawing the most? I almost always choose to paint or draw people. I enjoy the details in creating their emotions, features (skin, hair, eyes), body position, and incorporating different fashion types. I feel it draws people in more than inanimate objects.
Jaelyn interview and artwork will be published in Issue 16.