Jessica Herbert (JHerb)
How did you get your start in Art?
Art has been a presence in my life since my youth. I had no idea at the time that I had a craft. I was just creating this work to release emotions. Initially, I started sketching and opened up to painting two years ago.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I like to stay away from labels so I don't identify my art with one particular genre but more of a collective of genres infused with my inner vision. I tend to gravitate towards natural aspects of our universe such as, the sky, the female & the "beyond". My color palate usually consists of earth tones with hues revolving around Chakra's.
Where do you draw your artistic inspiration?
Inspiration pretty much meets me everywhere. I always have a journal on me to write or draw ideas that I use as references for paintings. I have noticed that I get the best inspiration after a good mediation session. It's like my higher creative displays the vision in my pineal gland and then I deliver it.
What was the first artwork you ever sold?
Ironically, it was not on a canvas but custom painted timberlands.
On notable projects:
My most notable artwork, "Iris", is one for my private collection. I was a dedicated artist for only 3 months when "Iris" was selected for Tallahassee's most respected art exhibition, Waffles and Brews 2015. This was my first piece in an art exhibition and the first time my artwork would be noticed on a larger scale. I tested myself with this painting by trying out new skills that I had picked up and applied with full passion. The whole process really helped clarify the meaning of accomplishing your goals and believing in your craft.
What has been the most memorable response to your work?
Recently, a supporter purchased a painting of mine with the words "I Know I Can". She later shared that she bought this painting to hang in her hospital room during recovery after surgery. That feedback was so humbling, it ignited even more of my flame to continue to inspire other people through art.
What are some of the challenges you have faced as an artist?
When I started painting, I would give my artwork away for free or at a very low cost. I loved openly giving my art, however, I knew at some point I would need to see more of an income for the work that I was dedicating my time to. It was uncomfortable for me not only to begin charging but also to increase my value. I decided to come up with a pricing system based on canvas size that has helped me stay on track & gain more confidence with the exchange of my pricing.
Who’s your favorite artist?
Sue Tsai is the closest in relation to my personal style and has sparked new direction within my creative process. I like how her work is original, clean, and colorful. I can see any of her collections and automatically name her as the artist. That organic style is very valuable to me.
On upcoming projects:
Currently, my work is on display for the Chromotherapy Exhibition located in the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery [Tallahassee, FL] until December 2, 2016. I am also working on my submission piece for the 4th annual Waffles & Brews Art Exhibition on December 10, 2016. Both Exhibitions are located in Tallahassee, FL.
What is your dream project?
I would like to open a multifunctional art facility.