artist interview - jessica durrant...

Um...yeah, it is possible that Jessica Durrant is secretly using me as her muse.  I mean, this is the way I actually see myself, don't you?  Ha!  Well a girl can dream right?  I stumbled upon the amazing work of Jessica Durrant this past year on Pingg.  Her work is so dreamy you really want to be that girl!  Now I am lucky enough to have first hand insight on this amazing artist not only through this interview, but live and in person. Jessica and I now live in the same city, and I must say she is every bit as lovely as the images she creates.  Enjoy, revel, dream. Once she has taken your breath away, don't forget to swing by her etsy shop for even more eye candy!

What three to five words would you use to describe your work?

Balanced, imaginative, flowing, elegant.

What inspires you?

So many things inspire my work: fashion design, urban scenery, Frank Gehry's architecture, Japanese fashion illustration-Ohgushi in particular, indie music, people, nature and things I see in everyday life.

What was your first job?  When/how did you know you wanted a career in art?

My first job in the art field was at my University's art gallery. Being surrounded by artwork for a job was such an inspiring and fun thing to do. I love how being in a museum or gallery ignites conversation and thought.  I knew I always wanted to keep art in my life, whether it be working on the arts administrative side of things, teaching art courses, or selling my own work. After graduating and moving from Phoenix, to Philly to now Atlanta, I've been able to dabble in a little of each of those fields. I always knew as a kid, that I wanted to grow up and sell my artwork.

Finish this sentence.  I could eat___________ all day.

I could eat bread and cheese all day.

Design books/blogs you can't live without

I love Advanced Fashion Drawing by Bill Donovoan, and my favorite fashion blog is leblogdebetty.com.  She's the prettiest French girl who puts together awesome outfits, stuff I want to paint.

What do you do when you are not doing art?

I enjoy spending time outdoors, walking my boston terrier Chloe. I also love to travel, any chance I can go to Europe I take it. I find so much inspiration every time I have gone there.

Name one thing about you that would shock the outside world.

I grew up in Las Vegas, but was not raised in a casino.

Finish this sentence.  If I could time travel, I would arrive...

I would arrive in Rome during the Roman Empire age. I would die to see the Colosseum and the Roman Forum at its height.
What's next?

Keep on creating!


Heather Bell said...

Jessica is my dear friend from high school and it has been so great to watch her artistic journey so thank you for featuring her!

Rebecca Forbush said...

I went to college with this girl, and she has seemed to conquer being beautiful inside and out, while creating beautiful art! Great choice to interview!

Julieann/CreateGirl said...

wow just stunning!! Thank you for introducing us to her beautiful work!

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Valentina said...

Her work is awesome!.

Brenda, Kitty as a Picture said...

Hi Khristian
I have enjoyed browsing your blog, and esp like your artist interviews. And I love the work of yours on Print and Pattern at the moment. Very nice!

Rona said...

Wow...being a flower lover, I was bowled over by Jessica's designs.

They're so fresh and romantic..viewing her Etsy shop is a lovely end to the week :-)