Posted by: Cathy | April 8, 2016

Artist Interview: Jay Schmetz

To help inspire us creatively, I’m doing a series of artist interviews about art and how to make it happen. Today, oil painter Jay Schmetz answers my seven questions.

1. What do you create? How did you know this was the medium for you?

I create paintings oil on canvas. I love paintings in oils. I do also like working in other mediums; lately, acrylic on canvas. I love the oils because of the slow drying time, and the acrylics actually because of the fast drying time.

2. How did you learn your craft? What are you still learning/practicing in your art?

I’ve been making art from a very young age. My mother would sign me up for art class at the JEA. It stayed with me ever since and I have always had the desire to create.

Chihuahua by Jay Schmetz

Chihuahua by Jay Schmetz

3. What are your top three favorite subjects/themes in your art and why do those speak to you?

Animals, coffee, and wine! We have a small animal sanctuary with pigs, sheep, chickens, a goat, dogs, and cats. I started painted them in human situations and that was the beginning of what turned out to be my present work. And coffee and wine in particular as I love both and made these into continual themes in my work.

4. Which artists have influenced you and what have you learned from them?

Early on, I was influenced by Van Gogh, painting in alla prima with heavy impasto. As time went on, I became more influenced by Matisse, working in an alla prima style with patterns and color and a quick line quality.

5. Why do you create? What do you get out of it?

I’ve always been creating in one way or another be it music, art, and making pictures. I’ve been doing it for so long I almost don’t know any better. Aside from that, I’ve been able to make a living at it for over ten years now. It is a kind of therapy, to go into my own world and forget about everything else.

6. How do you prioritize your art among all the other things you do in a day or week?

In a sense, it is like a job but a job I love, so it is a big priority.

7. What message or advice do you have for would-be artists?

Paint something you know about and believe in or have love for. And work hard. And don’t stop.

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Jay Schmetz received a masters in painting from SCAD and lives near Savannah, Georgia. He has a small animal sanctuary with pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, cats, and dogs; mostly rescue animals and a source of inspiration for his artwork.

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