Art As Voice

This article has also been posted on Medium.


We see it everywhere we are, even if it isn’t boldly presented as “art”. You’re going to work? You’re bound to see art on billboards, walls, statues, newspapers, magazines, train decor, neighbouring cars… it’s everywhere.

Though you might not hear it, you most definitely are seeing a voice. You’re seeing a stranger’s point of view of the world they inhabit. Much like DNA, each voice — each piece of art — is distinct and individual. They make us aware that there is something bigger out there than we are. It’s expansive. It’s all-encompassing. It’s a hug for the eyes and a kiss to the soul.

This month, I interviewed friend and artist, Jessica Lentz. We have been friends through Facebook, and she sold me an excellent portrait of Salvador Dali. When it comes to her artwork, I am — in no uncertain terms — smitten like a kitten!

It only made sense that I try and poke past the surface, and try to delve in to the talent that IS Jessica! When you’re done reading the interview, hop over to her site! You won’t be sorry!

CC — How old were you when you first got into producing your own art?

JL — I’ve been creative since I was very little. I remember my mother teaching me how to blend 2 play dough colors together to make an entirely new color. I must have been about 3. I started selling my own work while still in college.

CC — What is your favourite medium?

JL — I love trying everything — recently I’ve dabbled in quilling (paper art), wool felting, and doll repainting. I always seem to return to acrylic paint, though. I just have no patience to wait for oils to dry.

CC — What inspires you to create something new?

JL — I’m inspired by so many things — news items, something mentioned by a friend, a color scheme — even boredom.

CC — How do you know when you’ve finished a piece?

JL — My high school art teacher used to say, “You never really finish; you just decide when to stop.”

CC — What area(s) would you like to further explore?

JL — I’ve just started looking into transferring some of my original paintings onto vintage plates. We’ll see how that turns out. I do love trying new mediums, though. Keeps up my skill level.

CC — What areas, if any, do you consider “out of the comfort zone”?

JL — I’d prefer to think of something as not yet attempted. I enjoy a challenge.

CC — What kind of music do you listen to when you create new work?

JL — I love 80s alternative, 90s grunge and Prince!

CC — What books have inspired you?

JL — My favorite series of fiction is “Outlander”, but for years now I tend to read mostly biographies. I think life stories are inspiring, ordinary people who make a positive impact on the world around them.

CC — Who is your favourite artist? Why?

JL — Right now I love Pre-Raphaelite works; I can get lost in paintings by Edmund Blair Leighton and John William Waterhouse.

CC — If you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing?

JL — I’d love to own an old haunted Victorian home and turn it into a bed and breakfast, perhaps with a little antique shop on the side. And in the back yard would be a huge animal sanctuary.

If you find Jessica Lentz as intriguing as I do, feel free to check out her website, as well as her Etsy page. It’s a wonderful way to spend time, getting lured in by her art.

You can find her here for pieces that are all Jessica Lentz, all day!


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