Describe your style in one word: Contemporary
1) What does a typical day in your life look like?
Although I am very organized and always complete projects and tasks on time, I have never been very good at being self-disciplined when it comes to a daily schedule. I wake up and go to sleep at different hours each day, I take breaks at different times, and I don’t have days of the week set aside for working and for playing. I work off a to-do list, organized by priority, starting at the top and adding tasks as they come in—it’s what works best for me.
2) How does your studio look like?
I work from home in a very small studio apartment, so at times when I’m very busy or become immersed in a big project, my apartment becomes very messy like a typical artist’s studio might. This means paint tubes everywhere, with papers and drawings splayed on every surface and on the floor. But I’m very organized so at the end of the day I am able to clean everything up and tuck it away before I go to sleep.
3) Tell us one unique thing about you / your art.
I would like to think that my art is unique because I am my own unique person. I feel like each of my experiences throughout my life has created the person I am today, and that in essence is reflected in my work, whether consciously or not.
4) What do you love most about being an artist?
For me at the moment, the most rewarding thing about being an artist is being able to make a living off of my work. I have been full-time freelancing for a year and a half now, and it is an amazing feeling to run my own small business and be able to support myself by doing something that I enjoy so much.
5) Which is your favourite art piece so far and what is the story behind it?
One of my favorite works that I’ve created to this point is a painting I did in my senior year of college. It was inspired by a short story titled “Descending” by Thomas M. Disch.
I think it was a combination of things that made me feel so proud of the painting, including the time in my life when I made it, the strong concept of the piece, and the final outcome. But overall it was just one of those pieces that seemed to work itself out on its own, where I feel like I wasn’t even the one creating it. I showed the painting in a group show in California last year where it sold, and that was the first time I actually felt very sad about seeing a painting not return home.
6) What are 3 things you can’t live without in a day? I don’t feel very attached to many things that I can’t last a day without. I feel very silly to say something materialistic like technology, although I do use my cell phone and computer every day. I know I could easily go a day without my cell phone, but my phone is my connection to my friends and family, and working from home and living by myself, I spend a lot of time alone. Not a day goes by when I don’t send a message to one of my friends, or call up a family member just to chat, so I guess not having that as an option would be tough.
7) Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?
I am inspired by so many things. Whenever I am struck by an idea or something inspires something in me, I jot it down on a list. This list has been growing and growing over the past 7 years or so. I have more ideas than I have time to complete them, so the list is quite long and always expanding. But I never have a problem finding inspiration since I feel like there’s a beauty in everything, whether it’s blaring and stands right out, or takes a moment to find.
8) What does success look like to you?
Success is measured differently for everyone, but in a general sense, success to me means accomplishing my goals and finding happiness. One of my ultimate goals since late in high school has been to support myself with my art, and so I feel extremely fortunate and humbled that I’m currently able to do that. I also feel success in the fact that I have supportive relationships with amazing friends and a loving family.
View Jonny's past works here.