alesa clymer & "driving against balance" by jamie pettis

new works by alesa clymer &"driving against balance" by jamie pettis january 11th

We will be featuring 2 incredibly talented ladies next Friday for the Plaza art walk. Alesa Clymer is a recent graduate of UCO whose humerous characterized illustrations reflect her geek pride. Jamie Pettis is an Oklahoma expat living in Arizona. She creates richly colored female figures that blend abstracted forms with the subjects features.

In the shop we have been working to refresh our products for the new year and upcoming move. We have a selection of shirts marked down for a limited time. Hope you enjoyed your friends and family, we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Please take a minute to read our artist questionnaires below.

Alesa Clymer

alesa clymer: artist questionnare

How would you describe your work? My work fits into the category of the Lowbrow art movement, or Pop Surrealism. I describe my work as illustrations that narrate my own satirical sense of humor and geek pride.

What inspires you? The inspirations that guide my work consist of dialogue with friends and family and the art that is found in comics and cartoons, computer and console games, and movies and tv series. I find humor in everything and I am easily inspired to create from common pleasures.

How did you get started? In elementary school, I caught on quick that other people enjoyed my stories and drawings and I began writing and illustrating my own short stories on scratch paper. I stuck with my interest in art throughout primary school and continued my education at the University of Central Oklahoma, obtaining a BFA. I still feel as though I am just getting started although I have been creating my entire life.

What are your goals for the future? The majority of graduates that get an art degree seem to stop creating once they are done getting their degree, or at least most of the ones that I know have done so. My goals are to never stop creating, and to continue sharing my work.

Jamie Pettis

jamie pettis: artist questionnare

How would you describe your work? My work is very rich in color. Color is like candy for my eyes, and when I'm creating one of my pieces I get to experience the pure pleasure of seeing that colored image in my head for days.  I love drawing/painting women, and in general, people. I love to capture expression, and after much diligence feel as though I've near mastered the difficult ability to capture eyes, noses, and mouths (ears, too). When drawing people I do not stop in realism. I add to those pieces with my own free, abstract expressions of color, and flowing lines and edges. I really have no plans when I create. It's all very retrospect. I find when I think too hard about 'making' something, I stand still.

What inspires you? I'm inspired by truth. Whenever asked to state one of those little quotations that describes me, I always respond with 'Sit in the truth'. However, I can't take credit for the quote; an old therapist of mine said it to me once. This last year I've made a lot of changes in my life towards my goals and wants. One thing that has become very apparent to me is that I must be exactly what it is I want to be in this life. For awhile I became caught up in what looks good for a career, and became driven by the fear of finances. With this came a lot of unhappiness and dissatisfaction because for me my dreams will never just go away. In turn, I had to get real with myself and take a leap of faith towards my own personal truth a big part of which has been a greater pursuance of my art. With this said, all of this has been a major driving force in my most recent work, and it has fueled me to only become even more honest with myself as a person. In turn, I am moved to pass it on to others through my work in hopes to inspire them to do the same in their own lives.

How did you get started? Growing up my dad use to take us to his art studio every Saturday in downtown Holdenville, Oklahoma, population around 5,700 (last time I checked). My dad was a lawyer, but also an artist. It was interesting because this art studio (which was built originally as an office in the early 1900's) looked just like a historic New York City loft. My dad would draw in rich oil pastels, and us kids would use whatever medium we could get our hands on and go at it. Interestingly enough, that set in motion the style in art that I would adapt later, and also my love for Manhattan. Coincidentally, Manhattan played a major in my style after spending a summer there doing  an internship for Marc Jacobs. I majored in fashion design in college, and the fashion rendering classes I took, as well as working for Marc Jacobs, had an underlying influence on my hand.

What are your goals for the future? My goals for the future? In the long term I want to be painting, making music, and acting full time. Someone told me once that I'm a 'triple threat' (I think that's what they called it). I want all 3 of these things very much (and I've been involved with all 3 of these things throughout my life), and can never decided to pursue only one. These goals have been the same ever since I can remember....In the short term, I would like to start showing my work in galleries in Los Angeles, as well as make an appearance in Juxtapoz magazine.