deVour Magazine: Tell us a bit about yourself and your Artistic Medium:
Jaime Brown: I live in the Northwest with my man and two loving kitties. Aside from art, I am a crafty type, I like to make things and find reasons for DIY projects. I have a passion for gardening. I also have a secret love for the sciences. I do model on occasion sometimes for stock for paintings or other people’s projects. I spend a lot of time alone, but I am not a shy person. I just like working on things, or thinking about things I want to make.
I am primarily working with a digital art platform, my choice of program is Photoshop CS5 but I have heard great things about Painter and I want to give that a try. I also work in other mediums, such as traditional paints (mostly oils and acrylic), I love sculpting with polymer clay, and I make accessories (fabric, feathers, hardware etc).
dM: What do you consider beautiful?
JB: I find beauty in a lot of things, But mostly in nature and it's functions, and how it forms over time. I enjoy the organic lines, and textures as well as how nature overtakes even man made things, i.e. rust on a pipe, broken down buildings. I also find beauty in couture fashion, the intricacies are amazing.
dM: What inspires you to create?
JB: I want to make beautiful things, so the need to paint draw or mold something into the way I want it to be drives me to create. I love looking at other artists work, not just painters, but I looks at photography, fabric makers, fashion designers, furniture creation etc. It's a great way to see different interpretations of the world around us, or the dreams within each person. It inspires me to go out and find my interpretation to share.
dM: How did you know that this was going to be the way to express your voice?
JB: I didn't think I was any good at drawing but I couldn't not do it, I remember trying to make my own paper dolls and fashion, then I watched Sailor Moon avidly and would just keep trying to draw the characters over and over again. One day someone said I was good at it, and that's when I attempted to learn things and really apply my efforts.
dM: What is the most interesting thing that has inspired me
JB: I would have to say this doll I got to play with on one of my shoots. The photographer had been to an old mental hospital site, and found this dirty, broken, slightly burned doll that had a button on it that read "all I need is a little TLC" that doll had to have had a fascinating story behind it. So i kind of made one for it and did a few drawings and a shoot concept off of it.
dM: Do you feel your sketches lack in any way? Would you go to art school?
JB: I feel sometimes my sketches lack the motion I want to achieve, this has been my new focus a of late, capturing more motion and therefor more personality in the image. I am still debating the Art school thing, If I were to go it would be only out of the certainty that I did indeed want my art to work for other people in the future. I would have to have my eye on the job already and not loose my path to it. However, I have yet to decide if that's where I want to go with my art, as I often like painting what I want to paint and not what someone tells me to.
dM: Would you consider collaborating with another artist? Who would it be and why?
JB: I would love to work with other artists, I don't have people I have been dying to work with because I haven't really thought about it, But I do enjoy Natalie Shau, Vallerie Bastille, Jennifer Healy, Serge Birault, and Kukula's works. I wouldn't mind painting with some of them.
dM: If money were no object what artwork would you own?
JB: Most any finished painting by Michael Hussar I love his lighting and concepts.
dM: How do you think social media has helped your work? Do you have a preferred platform?
JB: I think Social Media has helped me spread to a larger audience, and really not just me but any artist or person with something to share, social media is it's own little world. I believe it has allowed met to see more information too, more techniques, more places to share my work, etc. My original favorite platform was DeviantArt.com that was the first place I posted my work and got some feedback, and it's still growing from there. Now though I believe I utilize Facebook a lot more. It is easier to update, I can show progress on pieces in a stream instead of posting them in a gallery setting. It's easier for people to share my work and compare and communicate.
dM: What kind of music is on rotation in your mp3 player? Do you listen to music during the creation process?
JB: I usually am listening to metal, rock, alternative, or trancy, bouncy dancy music. I don't often have music playing while I am painting unless it is something non intrusive like classical or some easy listening background stuff, only because unless I am in the mood to hear it, music has a quick impact on my mood/emotions. If I am trying to channel one for a painting then yes I may play something specific or something on repeat. Otherwise I have some national geographic or history channel show on in the background.
dM: What can we look forward to seeing?
JB: I am continuing my broken doll series, I am also planning paintings of the nine muses, I would like to do an ode to Sailor Moon also. Things can only get better with time.