Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeremy Bouchard.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
jdBouchArt is a play on my name, Jeremy David Bouchard. I am 32 years old surgical neurophysiologist and abstract acrylic painter.
I graduated Northeastern University fall of 2008 with my B.S. in Biology. After graduation I went on to get a job as a surgical neurophysiologist for a company based in MD. After some rigorous training I obtained my Certification in Neurophysiological Intraoperative Monitoring (CNIM – Issues by ABRET) and slowly worked my way up the ladder. Eventually I found myself sitting as Regional Director for our Northeast division covering ME, NH, and MA. Our company provides hospitals and surgeons with neurophysiologists to provide neurophysiological monitoring in the operating room. We provide real-time feedback to the surgeon while the surgeon operates by running many different evoked potentials. We can detect and help prevent adverse outcomes related to surgery.
How could someone with so much professional success have such a subpar everyday life? I spent it the day to day compromising. From an early age I think I approached everything with caution, carefully and often painfully planning every step of the way. I always made decision based off of logic, a logical decision was one with low risk and high probability of ability to control it. I often associated success with being financially stable, knowing that money doesn’t make you happy, but it can certainly keep you from misery.
I limited myself immediately to so many things, arts included. Art is subjective and seemed wasteful to me. Why spend all that time and energy just to risk having nobody like it. Plus, it seemed like most artists were broke and that was strike two for me. It wasn’t until a chance encounter with my current partner, Alexey that art came onto my radar.
FAST FORWARD: Acrylic pouring, to me, one of if not the most visually pleasing art forms. How difficult fluid art is to control is also part of the appeal to me. I like the juxtaposition to my every-day life. Life = control, fluid art = god help me why won’t the paint stop shifting.
My art is more an expression of everyone’s ability to break down that barrier they have been building in their head since birth. The one that limits them and holds them back. Stop.
“Don’t LIMIT your life, LIVIT” – jdBouchArt
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Well art is what you make it, I think my journey so far has been absolutely fantastic. The only real limiting factor/negative has been the financial costs associated with educating myself, buying materials for work, and occasionally feeling uninspired. Feeling uninspired doesn’t take much to fix, as long as I had a decent night’s sleep the night before!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Well jdBouchArt started at the end of 2017 and is only about 6 months old. I think it has done great with social media specifically. I have had so many fantastic opportunities come my way thanks to Instagram (showcase at 1369 Coffee House, RAW Boston Presents: Envision, & The Propaganda Show) and that was my initial focus while I took care of my website. Now that my site and online store are up and running it’s time to refocus.
jdBouchArt as a brand is about being you and expressing yourself however that may be, I happen to love bright colors and messy acrylic pouring. After taking some time to reflect, I realized I was most inspired when asked by friends or family members to make a custom piece for their home. The only other time I felt that inspiration was when I would post a new piece to Instagram and watch the likes/comments/LOVE from total strangers.
jdBouchArt is inspired by working with customers to create the perfect personal piece and/or collection. The most inspiring part is when you work with someone and you get to see your work (the work they inspired) inspire them. Especially when it is someone who you know likes your art, but perhaps isn’t the most appreciative of art in general.
What were you like growing up?
I am exceptionally introverted and that is an all-inclusive word. I am everything associated with an introvert. I have always been shy, even with family. I let very few people in because it takes me a long time to trust someone. I was never bullied in school but I was never comfortable there, or noticed. I just existed in school, sometimes I would catch someone’s attention if they were in desperate need to copy some homework. I was super awkward, overweight and covered in acne. Feeling so unattractive and having entire classes of peers pretend you didn’t exist really took a toll on my self-confidence and it took years and years to rebuild-ishhhhh (does anyone ever fully rebuild it? shrugs).
- Website: www.jdbouchart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/jdbouchart
- Facebook: facebook.com/jdbouchart