We’re so excited about our show with local artist Jahna Vashti this Friday! Her fun, beautiful greeting cards and prints have been in the store since the beginning, and on Friday she’ll be here showing some new work! In anticipation, we had a Q&A session with the artist herself. Check it out below:
What is your artistic background?
I come from a family rich with artistic talents. Both my Mom and Dad, and my Aunts and Uncles were (are) artists of some kind. It had a huge impact on me. Somebody was always either composing music, working on a painting, or building something like motorized airplanes, or elaborate copper bird cages that looked like castles. I remember my Uncle trying to learn to walk on hand-crafted stilts. So, spending time creating things was a normalcy in my family. I’ve taken a few painting classes at PCC but other than that, I’ve always been a doodler.
What inspires you?
Gosh. That’s tough. Everything! It could be anything from a smiling dog, misty hills, a story from the past, an old man’s wink, or a picture in a magazine. My two little boys make me really happy, and when I’m happy, I create. So definitely those little fellas are an inspiration for me. Oh, and without a doubt -maybe more than anything- music!
What is your creative process like?
I’ll see, hear, or think of something and stew in it for a while. If I can’t get it out of my head then I’ll paint about it. I usually go through a few sittings where I think it’s a terrible painting where nothing makes sense and I’ll wonder why I’m doing it; then suddenly I’ll step back and get all tingly… Shocked at what it turned into. It’s not like that every time. I have a hearty collection of pieces that I’d like to burn.
Art can be expensive. It’s important to me that anyone, anywhere could spend as little as $4 to have a piece of art that makes them happy.
I am extremely pleased when people tell me that my work makes them feel happy. People take life so seriously. I hope my work reminds them to play. It doesn’t matter how old you are. However, I am grateful for the few who look at some of my work and see a little more than the fancy-free tenor my art usually carries, because there is a little darkness. That’s me though. I’m 85% complete joy, and then, well… You do the math. Nobody’s life is cupcakes and rainbows all of the time.
It’s all about fun! There will be a few originals there, but mostly prints -both giclee and laser- and cards. There’s a little something for everyone. Also, some people might be looking forward to seeing what those party animals from my 2011 “Forest Festivities” painting are up to. I’m working on a sequel that I won’t show anyone until the Bridge City show. In fact, I’ll be working on a summer and autumn piece with the same characters celebrating the seasons, so look out for that y’all!