Expressing emotions through art is at the core of every artist, and each has their own individual techniques and styles to suggest a specific feeling or emotion. Some artists create complex pieces of art with countless levels of detail and multiple layers of patterns and colors in order to inspire an emotional response for the viewer – but that is definitely not the style of one superbly talented GreenBox Art + Culture artist. In a flat out contrast to complexity, this artist’s subtle approach is kept basic in order to maintain a raw feeling of warmth and simplicity. Without further ado, we are very pleased to introduce you to artist Jason Smith! Now, let’s get to know him a little bit better:
GreenBox Art: Can you tell us how you became an artist?
Jason Smith: I’ve always loved art! I’ve been drawing and painting since I was a little kid and really I don’t think I had a choice in the matter – it just came naturally.
JS: I love to contrast saturated color tones in a way that makes the colors play off of each other. I try to subconsciously convey emotion through the color choices in the piece.
GB: How would you describe your overall style?
JS: My style uses flat imagery, broad areas of color, and sharp edges to create a bold, colorful form at the most basic sense possible.
GB: Can you give us some insight behind the name “Monaosynth” and what inspired this beautiful piece of art?
JS: I pick a topic for the pieces I create and use that as the inspiration for the piece. Monaosynth’s are a basic type of keyboard that was popular with electronic music made in the early 1980’s. This piece visually represents that basic mono type sound.
GB: Name a few emotions that you would like people to feel when viewing your art.
JS: I’m concerned with the raw emotionally response from people. The art should evoke the qualities of raw sentimentality and inspire an overall feeling of warmth.
GB: What inspires you as an artist?
JS: I just love creating art in general, but it is other people’s appreciation of my art that inspires me. The thought of people spending part of their life and their money to buy a piece of my life is amazing!
GB: “Caterpillar” is another gorgeous piece of yours and we were wondering how this piece came about as well? Do you tend to have a spontaneous idea that you go on or do you build your ideas over time and then transfer them to canvas?
JS: It was definitely a spontaneous idea to create “Caterpillar” and this is the same story for most of my work. I try not to over-think it and do my best to let it come naturally. I try to break the piece down to its most basic form and put then collage together. If i’m thinking too much about it or trying too hard then the idea won’t really come through as intended. You end up forcing it out rather than letting the idea flow naturally. My goal is too simplify and then abstract the idea to create the piece of art.
GB: If you weren’t an artist, what profession would you chose?
JS: Probably a scientist, a chemist, a machinist, or I would build music instruments. I really enjoy working with my hands and putting stuff together.
Discover even more wonder in the Jason Smith wall art collection from GreenBox Art + Culture.