I thought it would be fun to show off my friends’ works by doing a mini interviews. My first interview is with Beth. She works outside the home, sells her work online, and is a mom of two, soon to be three! Congratulations, Beth!
In the past, Beth:
- was recently featured to promote the band Polaroid Kiss’s upcoming album.
- featured artist on The Horrorzine and is scheduled to be in their next printed book edition!
- her work has been used as cover-art for PSDR evolution Chiamata Alle Arti
- been printed in the Harmless book project (The Harmless Organization took home a Community Award for Enabling Healthy Lives).
How long have you been painting?
Two 1/2 years. Two years ago I made a New Years resolution to paint everyday to practice and teach myself to paint because: I love art; I wanted to shift my emotional creativity from verbal poetry to visual expression; and I wanted a healthy hobby to do while the kids were growing old enough to play with their friends…
What inspires you to do your type of work?
Emotion. I try to visualize my emotion (twist or exaggerate) using colors and photography of different expressions and then I would build upon my ideas. Music is also a huge inspiration. In fact, when I am not emotionally inspired, I am unable to paint. Anything that I force on paper or canvas never works right. So, I end up setting aside the paper or canvas until I can go back to it later with an idea in mind and paint over it.
Who or what is a Jelefi (Jelefi is the name of Beth’s Esty’s shop)?
Jelefi is a nickname that comes from the name Jelefibookala. When we found out that I was pregnant with out first child, we discussed baby names and decided to make up our own, since all names started somewhere as a mouthful of sounds. As God would have it, we quickly found out we were having a boy and picked out a different name.
Do you use them in your paintings?
Yes, but most often I am drawn to black, white and red.
How do you find time to paint when you work and have a family?
I paint at night or when my boys are playing with their friends or on the weekends. Sometimes the chores wait so I can relax or sometimes I do the chores so I can feel justified to paint, but I try to find a healthy balance for everyone including myself.
You can see more of her work on etsy that she is selling. Good luck on your pregnancy and thank you for the interview!