Today we’d like to introduce you to Juleen Jones.
“There is no separation between life and art.” – Juleen Jones.
Juleen, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was fortunate enough to be talented in two areas; dance and art. I studied dance, ballet mainly for ten years. It wasn’t until knee injuries forced me to stop dancing and so in my late teens I focused more on art. My older sister went to art school, so support was there. My best friend in high school went on to be an artist and gave me the brochure to Montserrat College of Art where I attended that following year. I had painted 7 murals in my high school and was nominated most artistic. I was determined to make art a career after long thought, and so, I did. Now my life is art and art is life. It’s not something I became, it’s who I am. I now have a 19-year custom painting business and I teach children.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a diverse person therefore my art styles are diverse and I enjoy creating pieces that inspire me from other artists. I love abstract expressionism and mixed media works. I love texture color and working big. I’ve collected glass and metal pieces from my walks over the last 20 years. I have bins waiting for my creativity.
My work is psychological. I use symbols and paint strokes. I want my viewers to feel something and see something they have never felt before. I want them to be lured into my art from a far, intriguing them to get closer. I never want my viewer to be bored with looking at my work, I want them to see something new all the time. I want them to go on a mental journey as well as a visual one.
I create mixed media works because I love sculpture and paint/photography so I use all three in my art. I feel that it is much more challenging and I get more of a sense of creation as I create it. Spiritually I believe in reincarnation and so when I use found objects it’s like a Recreation and I feel I do that in my personal life a lot. I use butterflies in my art for this reason.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success is measured by the individual artist whether they are driven and by seeing their achievements and growth over the years. An artist only gets better with age. I feel that you have to have passion for what you are doing and treat it with respect in order to be successful. I feel that if you do anything well and keep at it you’ll be successful.
Be consistent with creating. Never throw away any old art and never stop making it. If the artist can be open to other forms of art I think that this helps with success from being too stagnant or stuck in a style.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my art in my home gallery or back yard salon or on my website: www.juleenartist.wixsite.com/juleentheartist Or Facebook www.facebook.com/artofjuleenjones. I also show once a year at the beaconhill art walk first Sunday in June under the Charles MGH bridge (16th year).
- Website: http://www.juleenartist.wixsite.com/juleentheartist
- Phone: 978-204-6168
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/artofjuleenjones
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