Interview with artist Paula Jones —
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I’m an artist…and I paint… LOL!! Seriously…My name is Paula Jones, and I paint in oils, Acrylic and Mixed media painting. I am also a teacher of intuitive abstract art, and an author!
2. Why art?
Why not?!!! I can’t NOT paint since picking up a brush 11 1/2 years ago. I feel it is a connection to our higher selves – to our GOD self. I think there are creative bones in every body. We all love the feeling of losing time and space doing something we love. I love what I do.
3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
I never wanted to be an artist. It just happened… I used to buy and flip homes – one day an old plaster ceiling fell on my head…and a friend of mine – who just happened to be an artist – told me I needed to do something less physical, but creative. She invited me to her studio…and that, was that!!
4. What are your favorite subject(s) and media(s)?
My very favorite subjects are doing abstracted figures.
5. How do you work and approach your subject?
It is so varied….but for the most part….I get visions, almost like someone is feeding them to me. They come with messages and even sometimes tell me how to paint them. I always like to cleanse my studio with sage, listen to softer spa type music and sit with the canvas for a while. I then approach my canvas and start layering paint. My paintings are several layers deep, and I allow all layers to show through in some places. I feel that this form of painting is much like our lives….layered….each layer adding to the depth of our life. There are no “mistakes”…every “mistake” adds to the richness of the painting…
6. What are your favorite art work(s), artist(s)?
Wow… It’s interesting that you ask this… I never really studied anyone else…If I had to pick a contempory artist, I would probably pick Wendy Mcwilliams for her intuitive abstract work, Corinne Galla for her depiction of the quirky side of barnyard animals, and Carrie Fell for her freedom and her courage to follow her dream…
7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
OMG…your work brings me to tears and takes me to another world!
8. What do you like about your work?
Lately, I really love how free my work feels. How I am able to give myself permission to make mistakes. I love the depth in my paintings and the messages that they bring in…
9. What advice would you give to other artists?
Always believe in yourself. Don’t listen to criticism. Pay attention, tho, when someone gives you a critique.
Don’t be afraid to use paint.
Use colors you have never used
Pretend the paintbrush is a sword and you are fighting a cow. (ok – I just threw that in to see if you were really reading!)
Shake yo booty – a lot.
Cry – laugh.
But Most important – PLAY, JUST FRICKIN PLAY!!!
10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
So dang happy! Painting, teaching, writing, living on my farm with my critters and the love of my life. Totally abundant in every aspect of my life.