I adore art, don't you!?
There is something so fantastic about discovering a (new to you) artist whose work brings you joy, following their career, and when you are fortunate, owning their art.
Today I have an artist that you need to know, and I believe you will love her and her art as much as I do! Nicole is from Illinois and owns Hot Javva Studio. Nicole has been a lifelong artist who really burst onto the scene professionally in 2009. Over the years I have been blessed with some unique commissioned pieces from her. We did a fun interview together that I am sharing with you below.
❤ I adore your philosophy that everyone should be able to own original artwork, where did this thought come from?
🌷I feel like art is inaccessible to most because of the cost. Owning original art is a luxury. The prices of paintings reflect the materials, time spent(this includes all the practice and failed paintings that preceded the work) and the cut given to the gallery. I'm not saying the prices aren't justified, but most people can't invest. I'm trying to meet customers in the middle, because I think an original work imbued with magic and love is something everyone deserves.
❤ You have traveled throughout Europe. Did you get a chance to speak with the artists there? What was your impression of them vs. American artists?
🌷I met many talented street artists in Paris, Salzburg, and Zurich. I enjoyed watching them work; there were so many wonderful scenes to work from. In Paris in particular, students and more seasoned artists were set up along the Seine, at the Eiffel Tower, outside the Notre Dame. I got the impression that creating art and enjoying the beauty of things is not treated as a luxury or a dream. It is valued as a part of life. Here we are too busy busy busy to slow down and paint until we are retired.
❤ How has art helped you to step out of your comfort zone?
🌷I challenge my shy self to meet other artists and be an active participant in our local creative community.
❤ Flowers seem to be a favorite subject of yours; is there therapy to you in them?
🌷I enjoy painting flowers, the colors are vibrant, there are so many varieties. They take me back to my childhood, spending time in the garden with my Grandma. From a business standpoint, floral paintings are the most searched/purchased subject.
❤ You're a Mom. Have you found that your art or creative process has changed since becoming a parent?
🌷So much! For one thing, I can't paint whenever I want and leave my supplies out. My son once used my very expensive acrylic to paint my bedroom door with his hands. Our landlord was not happy.
❤ Do you involve your children in your creative process?
🌷They help me research. We go on nature walks, visit galleries, museums, any place that might inspire new ideas. They give me honest feedback about my work. My son gave me the idea to add frogs and dragonflies to my Lilypad Leap painting-a detail that I'm really happy with and get a lot of compliments on.
❤ To someone who wants to start out painting, what advice do you give?
🌷Let go. Be a child. Make mistakes. Don't judge yourself. Focus on how you feel, not what you make. Know that regular, consistent devotion to your craft will help you develop.
❤ Are there any new projects that you have in the works that you would like to tell us about?
🌷I am illustrating a children's book about a chicken. (Nicole has given me more information on this great project, but it's a top secret partnership for now, look for more information later!)
I just partnered with Art of Where to create wearable art, accessories, and home decor.
I will be a part of the Prairie Plein Air Competition and Show in Schaumburg, Illinois this May-June. This is such a fun challenge for me, to work with changing weather and lighting, chat with people while I paint, minimize my supplies to make them portable, and appreciate nature.
To contact Nicole Javvaji or find Hot Javva art pieces for sale, works in progress, and her upcoming Illinois shows, please check out:
Hot Javva Studio on Etsy
Nicole on Facebook
Art of Where