Mint Green An Eye On Art
As part of the lead up to Mint Green Music Festival, Sensible Reason sat down with artist Jo Marie about art life and the visual experience we can expect at Mint Green. Mint Green Music Festival (at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown, NJ, 30-40 min. outside of Philly) promises to be one of the most refreshing summer events. With headliners Two Fresh, BoomBox, Claude VonStroke (dirtybird) Break Science, Archnemesis, DrFameus (Allen Aucoin of The Disco Biscuits) , ZOOGMA , and Up Until Now just to name a few, it’s an event that you’re not going to want to miss.
Can you tell our readers a little bit about who you are?
Born and raised in sunny Sarasota, Florida, I grew up on the beaches of Siesta, Key, until the age of 17, when I fell in love with a man from Yardley, Pennsylvania. After three years, with little convincing, we ended up moving to West Chester, PA. Now living in Fishtown, he’s in law school, and I am happily left to my freelance art adventures and working at Marathon. Growing up, I sensed I was drawn to the “art world” first by music: piano and violin. My mind dwells within the emotion, like art. I couldn’t get enough of it! I love peanut butter and hate, hate spiders!
My artistic styles vary. When I draw I would consider it “realistic” and when I paint I would call it “modern abstract.”
How long have you been working as an artist? Is it something you’ve done your whole life for only recently got into?
I’ve been doing art for most of my life, drawing mainly. Within the last 4 years I would say I have gotten more into painting. This will be my first festival, but I plan to continue my art as a living, after college.
Did arts education play a big role for you developing as an artist or is it something you came to on your own? Maybe there was a specific teacher or mentor that guided you on this path?
I never took any art classes or lessons, but I would have to say my older sister, Julie, was always someone I looked up to. She was always sketching dragons and animals, not just doodling, but full on detailed, deep drawings. She was the one who showed me how to smudge the pencil to blend.
What place do you think art has in people’s lives? Both in general and in your own life.
When I was younger, art/ drawing to me was a window to any world I wanted to escape to. Picking up a pencil, I’d focus my eyes on the blank piece of paper, sometimes even running my hand across it, and fall into any reality I wanted. It was almost, and still is, magical. I feel art connects people to emotions, whether past memories, or angles in life they haven’t seen before. Different worlds, places, people, things that cannot be put into mere words. The fact that I can, quite literally, take images in my mind, place them on a canvas, and show another my most inner emotion is the most amazing, beautiful reason I am here on this earth.
How often do you create? Is it something that you do every day, once a week, once a month for months at a time and then you stop? When you find yourself at your artistic peak?
I find my best art comes when I feel truly inspired to do a piece. I can’t force it. When the flow is going, I can do five pieces in a week. Other times, it could take 5 months to do one. For instance, my first painting I started two years ago, and I don’t think it’s finished yet. It’s still missing something…
You’ll be at Mint Green Music Festival this summer. Without giving it all away, can you tell us what you have planned?
Still not sure of the numbers and all, but I plan to have multiple canvases equal one larger mural. When taken apart, the picture can hang alone, but when put together they make a lager mural. When it comes to the mural, all I’ll give you is the title: Source of Essence.
How do you think people are going to react to/interact with your work at Mint Green Festival? Is this something that you’ve done before or something new that you’re trying out?
The style/ medium of this mural, I have done twice. It’s a combination of acrylic, cotton, and glass (maybe a lady-bug or two). I like to mix painting and drawing. Never seeing this before myself, I’m not sure how people will react. I think it’s crazy! You can feel the painting, actually run your fingers across it. Incredible depth and color.
As an artist, what your favorite medium to work in? Or when you use mixed-media, what combination of mediums allow you to express yourself best?
All I need is a #2 mechanical pencil and a plain piece of paper.
Tickets to Mint Green are still available and can be purchased here on their website.