JENNY PARSONS

jenny7CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

JP: Representative, contemporary, urban landscape painting.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

JP: My environment. I’m inspired by nature and the intersection of urban and natural environments.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

JP: I need to paint the world around me. I want people to see it the way that I see it. I use the landscape and the language of paint to speak about the human condition.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

JP: Yes, I’d like people to feel connected to their environment, both natural and urban. I’d like my viewers to see and engage with the spaces we live in in a new way.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

JP: My lifestyle is wonderful in that I am entirely self employed, and I never need to do the same thing over and over. I love that. But that aspect can be challenging too. I can’t really indulge in down days and have to find ways to keep working and to keep myself engaged with the process of making art. My fellow painters and colleagues are very important to me.

gallery_4209CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

JP: I set myself quite tight perimeters in which I can play. So I’ll choose a subject matter and a medium, and then within those restrictions, I play and take risks. It’s exciting to see what emerges from the act of painting.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

JP: Keep the faith and keep going.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

JP: My personal style is not a conscious thing. I just need to make the art.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

JP: I feel like I am always starting again. That takes confidence and energy. Sometimes that is hard.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

JP: I love not being answerable to anyone but myself. Art making also teaches me about myself and my relationship to the world.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

JP: Quit a number of painters continue to inspire me. Pierre Bonnard, Matisse, David Hockney and Richard Diebenkorn are among my favourites.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

JP: Technology and the potential for art making are incredibly exciting. Personally I use it more for documenting and marketing my work, but that’s because paint is my medium.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

JP: Yes, I do. I cannot imagine not having a creative outlet. But I also think we undervalue other creative endeavours like teaching, parenting, gardening and many other daily activities.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

JP: I adore traveling and love to visit new cities. Current favourite city is Berlin.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

JP: I read a lot. Currently I’m interested in biographies more than fiction. Jenny Diski is a favourite.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

JP: To keep making my art. The rest follows naturally.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

JP: I’ve always been an artist, so I can’t really separate it from myself. It’s part of who I am.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

JP: I’m happiest when people who live with my art tell me, years later, that they love to look at it and that it still entertains them.

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