Friday, November 11, 2011

Meet Jaz Higgins

I first met Jaz online, through Twitter and Facebook. I'm not sure when or how, or even who connected with who first or on which platform, it seems like eons ago. At the start of this year, we discovered that we both live in the same area, and organised to have a coffee and a chat. It was like catching up with an old friend, we openly talked about art, family and life like we had met before. We've had coffee several times since and it's always lovely to talk to Jaz, she is so dedicated and focused on her art business, I admire the way she juggles 'domestic bliss', family life and her painting career, she is an inspiration.  Her work is amazing and the love that goes into each piece shines through.  This week Jaz took the time to share a little about her self, her art and her experience in being a MPC artist.

Who is Jaz Higgins?
I am 27 years old and I live in Brisbane, Australia. First and foremost, I'm a Wife to a loving husband and a Mummy to a beautiful 3 year old daughter. I'm a full-time artist, and a lot of my day is spent around creating art while also juggling family life!

In six words describe your practice.
Whimsical, fantastical, feminine, colourful, surreal, determined.

"A Letter From My Valentine" Painting

How long have you been creating and how did you get started?
I've been creating for as long as I can remember. As a child I was always interested in art - painting, colouring, anything to do with colours. I started painting professionally (as in selling my work) about 5 years ago, when I realised I actually want to BE an artist full time, and that with hard work it might actually be possible. It's something I can't stop thinking about, and I love being my own boss. I feel really lucky to be able to be able to paint every day.

"Tiger Princess" - Original Painting

Where do you find inspiration for your work?
I try to keep my eyes 'open' to beautiful things that are around every day. It's easy to walk past a flower growing through a crack on the footpath or a weird looking beetle - but if you really open your eyes and think creatively you can find inspiration everywhere. I also love trawling through other people's blogs - seeing how other Work at Home Mums are doing it, and other artists. I also get inspiration from magazines, books (especially vintage ones with beautiful illustrations!), dreams, nursery rhymes, museums, art galleries, podcasts, visiting art stores, markets and trash and treasure.

"Little Miss Muffet" Original Painting

Who are the people that influence and inspire you?
I instantly fell in love with pop surrealism through Mark Ryden's work. There was just something so interesting about the way he juxtapozes innocent, childlike creatures with sinister, darker elements and symbolism in his paintings. I've also always had an interest in fantasy art. Not so much the dragonny, sword fighting kind - but fairies, feminine goddesses and mermaids have always sparked my imagination. 

As a child I was entranced by Enid Blyton stories and Shirley Barber's fairy paintings (the detail and colours in her works are incredible!). Today, there's a myriad of different artists that inspire me from masters like Salvador Dali to modern day artists like Marion Peck - if I were to list them all I would be here forever. With the Internet, I find new influences nearly on a daily basis!

"Pretty in Pink" Original Painting

What has been the highlight for you over the last year?
I've had quite an increase in commissioned work over the past year, which I love, because each one is a co-opperative effort - you're taking someone's ideas and making them a reality. When it turns out just how they imagined (or better!), then it's very satisfying.

"Pisces (Zodiac Mermaid)" Original Painting

What are your experiences with being involved in the MPC?
The Monthly Painters Challenge gives me a deadline to work towards each month, which is great because it forces me to be organised, but it can also be challenging! It's exciting to get a new 'theme' every month, and it makes me create things that I otherwise wouldn't have. The group of artists are all really supportive of one another, and in a workplace where most days I work alone, it's nice to be part of a team.

"Dandelion Dancer" Painting

Where to next? What's on the Horizon?
I'm starting to stock my art in some more stores around the place, which is exciting. I'm also creating more merchandise to go with my original paintings and prints - things like postcards and possibly jewellery. I'd also like to create a stall for markets and expos.

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  1. The blog post looks great!! Thanks so much Tracey! x

  2. You did all the work Jaz :) Thanks for sharing with us! xx

  3. such 'perfect' detail that they look like prints. I admire your patience Jaz. Hugs Jen

  4. Thanks for the comment Jen, Jaz really does do beautiful work.