Jaye J. Archer is one of the awesome Artists in our Artist Collective who helps us make fun art to put in the Art Box Surprises we send you! Get to know her a bit with our Q&A sesh below…
Is there a special meaning behind the name of your art/company/gallery/art name?
I wrote a poem of it. Here is the link: http://studio55.me/the-meaning-of-my-name/
Where do you live?
Have you always lived there?
Nope, I just moved! I love traveling so I move often.
What’s your favorite thing about Denver?
I love the mountains in Colorado, they are so beautiful and I’m looking forward to exploring them in the summer. I’m also ecstatic about the multitude of bookstores and antique/thrift stores there are here!
Tell us a bit about your art process, techniques, and your favorite medium(s).
I’m an experimenter. I can’t stick with one medium so I go on various expeditions to try new things. My main go-to is acrylic or oil paint, but I dabble in watercolors and currently sculpture. I theorize all the time, and my paintings are usually a reflection of that. Currently, my obsession is personalities and phycology and how that coordinates with sociology and culture.
How would you describe your art aesthetic?
Surrealist, Expressionism, Conceptual, Characters/Portraits.
What is your art specialty/what is your favorite thing to create?
I usually create Surrealist Portraits, and I usually work with Acrylics and Oil Paint.
Do you sketch ideas before you create them?
Not often, only when I need to visualize it on paper.
How often do you create each week?
I strive for everyday, whether it is writing, painting, drawing, reading, or experimenting.
Where do you do your creating?
Dining room, living room, garage, car, airplane, side of the road, in the cafe, the list is endless.
Do you have a favorite series/collection you’ve made? Tell us about it.
I’m currently working on the Seven Deadly Sins Portraits, and my Favorite is the Monster Family Portraits.
How long have you been creating art/when did you start? What interested you/got you into creating art for others?
I’ve always wanted to be an artist, and I’ve been creating since I was a child.
Did you receive any training/take any classes in the arts? If so where?
Rochester Institute of Technology, Bachelors of the Fine Artist Studio with a concentration of Written Communications.
Is art your full-time job? Do you do any other work? If so, what?
Yes, Art is my full-time job. I do also write Art Journalism and Book Reviews on the side, as well as Reselling Antique Cameras.
What is the price range for your art?
$100-1,000, I do sell some smaller simpler works for a cheaper price. I want it to be affordable as well!
Do you have a website/social media people can visit?
HTTP://studio55.me (all my links are on that website.)
What artists (or anyone else) inspire you? Why?
Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte. I’m in love with surrealist artists as well as Pop Art. Cubism isn’t really my style, but I love Pablo Picasso’s style and his outside of the box thinking. Andy Warhol’s was of experimentation inspires me to experiment as well.
What are some fun random facts about yourself?
I am a deaf professional day dreamer, who is addicted to green tea.
What would be your top tips to those who are new to art/trying to get into making art professionally?
Just go for it.
What are some words of advice you’d give to children artists?
Keep Drawing! Practice really does help, I always carry a sketchbook so I can practice whenever I can.
Do you think the arts art important in schools? Why/why not?
YES, YES, and YES. Art really promotes creative thinking, however to be said I always strongly believe the arts and science needs each other to survive and one can not thrive without the other.
Why did you want to be an artist for Art Box Surprise?
I honestly have so many little artworks laying around that I think are perfect for this! Also, a great way to promote myself, as that is an area I’m struggling with right now (I’m not a natural marketer, haha!), and I hope it gives me the confidence and the community I have been looking for!
Why do you think people should buy/gift/subscribe to Art Box Surprise?
It is a great way to promote other artists! Also, great for keeping fresh artwork alive in your place or for a office, gifts for family, etc.
Thanks for reading! Now check out some of Jaye’s art:
…and last but not least, a self portrait of Jaye J. Archer: