Featured Artist: Janirette Vazquez

Featured Artist: Janirette Vazquez

October 2018 Featured Artist - Janirette Vazquez

Janirette Vazquez (Jany for short) is this month’s Featured Artist! We were instantly drawn to Jany through her extraordinary artwork she posts to Instagram. Her compositions are usually in bright, happy colors that put a smile on your face when you see them.

Follow her on Instagram and check out her YouTube channel for more uplifting art and tutorials!

Instagram: instagram.com/janabstra
YouTube: youtube.com/cutetreatsbyjany

From Jany: "My name is Jany and I am an artist from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico currently living in Miami, Florida. I’m a mother, YouTuber, small business owner, martial artist, and wonder woman / artist. I love sculpting and painting. I used to sculpt for a living but not anymore. I needed to reinvent myself after a health issue I had. For me there’s no better outlet than to paint. Every brush stroke is a feeling, a thought out of my mind, and that relieves my soul. Painting has been an excellent outlet for me since it so therapeutic. I could paint all day!

I am a very demanding person. I know what I like and what I want. As I searched for the right brushes that wouldn’t break the bank, I stumbled across the Crafters Choice White Taklon line. I have to admit that at first, I was attracted to the color and aesthetic of the brushes and then, wow! Not only are they affordable, but great quality as well. They look amazing when taking pictures of my work."

Q: When and how did you start out as an artist?

A: A couple of years ago, I went through a very crucial time in my life. In my darkest times, art saved me. I became really interested in digital art and ended up enrolling in art school. I had no interest in art before. I had never drawn, painted or sculpted in my life. How would I pass a week-long test seminar to be selected from an extremely talented group of people? I’ve always believed in myself and I was accepted to the most prestigious art university in Puerto Rico, Escuela de Diseño y Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico.

Q: Who are some artists that inspired your work?

A: I love Kendyll Hillegas’ technique and work ethic and she has definitely inspired me to try new mediums. Kelogsloop inspired me to work with watercolors. Jacqueline DeLeon, with her beautiful woman paintings. And last but not least Bob Ross! I just wish he was alive, so we could sit, have a cup of coffee and talk about happy little trees.

Q: What is your dream project?

A: I would love to work with an orphanage to teach children, especially young girls how to paint or create something with their hands. Give them something else to think about and explore their creativity, something to make them feel special and take away some of their pain.

Q: What's your preferred medium to work with?

A: Hmm… this is a tough one! I started painting with acrylics and later on with watercolors. I thought I was in love with watercolors but then I met gouache… thought I was in love again… but then I met oil paints…

Q: Can you describe your creative process?

A: Most of the time an idea will stick in my head and it will be there until I put it on paper. I do not make sketches or color planning. Even though I am a very structured person, I don’t like to be too rigid with my process. I prefer it to be more flowing then planned. Sometimes our best works are the ones we don’t put much thought into.

Q: Have you always wanted to turn your creative passion into a career? What made you go for it?

A: As an artist you always think about what you will do with your finished pieces. But I really wasn’t thinking about selling them until a friend of mine asked me for a commissioned piece for her dining room. People liked my work; so why not make a profit out of it? I also saw the opportunity to share my art through YouTube, which has been really nice and has motivated me to keep creating and inspiring others.

Q: What one piece of advice would you offer to an artist just starting out?

A: Don’t compare yourself to other artists! Your work will flow from your heart and mind which will define you, but if you feel you aren’t good enough – then you aren’t good enough. If you are not happy with your art try to identify why and work on it until you are satisfied. As an artist you have to be brave because you are not only putting paint on a canvas, you are creating feelings and memories, you are touching someone’s heart, entering someone’s home and sharing a piece of you with the world. That’s my favorite thing about art. It’s not only something you can see, it’s something you can feel.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

A: Do whatever it takes to be happy.

Q: What are some of your favorite Royal & Langnickel brushes/products and how do you use them?

A: Some of my favorite Royal and Langnickel brushes are Crafter's Choice white Taklon, Modena and Zen.

Q: Professionally, what’s your goal?

A: I would love to create DIY Kits to go along with my Youtube tutorials and later on develop a monthly package subscription with all the materials you need to create a masterpiece! I really want to grow my audience for my YouTube channel but would also love to teach in person, give workshops and help others in their creative journey.

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