Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessi West Lundeen.
Jessi, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always been an artist. My family is full of artists and designers. So, it was very natural for me to become a professional artist and have the support to do so. After art school, I dabbled in many things and moved around the country seeking experiences and trying not to let my life get stagnant. It was when I moved to New York City that I really began seeing myself as a professional artist and taking my work seriously. I sold my first painting there and have continued to build my art career since.
From miniatures on canvas to large scale wall murals, I have always been exploring with different mediums. My art has been cyclical, like many things in life. I started out loving portraiture, moved to landscapes, and then onto abstract paintings. I am now moving back into portraits after taking many years off from that subject. I am excited to see where my creative brain takes me and my work in the future! I am excited to see what new avenues I can take with art and design. I love working with interior designers to create custom pieces, wallpaper, and fabric for their clients’ spaces. I hope to do more of that as my business grows.
Has it been a smooth road?
Ha! I don’t think being an artist is supposed to be a smooth road. Art can be very hard if you let it and boy did I let it get to me at times! For me, the most challenging part about being an artist is the emotional connection to creation. Art comes from a deep place within oneself and having that exposed for all to see and critique can make you feel vulnerable and fragile. In 2015 I had to take a break from art because my subject matter was so personal that I couldn’t let go of it at the end of the day. Art became a bit unhealthy for me because it felt like my work was dragging me down. That is so funny to say out loud because my work is so colorful and vibrant. But, inside I was not feeling that colorful sense of self. That paired with being alone in a studio all day and then spending time in quiet galleries felt very isolating and lonely. After I met my husband in 2017, my artwork and creativity just flowed out of me. Getting back into the studio has been such a beautiful experience. After working on my personal self over the past few years, I am aware that I have to be in the right headspace to create art. My best work follows my best self.
Please tell us about your business.
My business (Jessi West Lundeen) specializes in custom artwork for the elevated space. Most of my past work is extremely colorful and vibrant. While some of my more recent work is a bit more muted in tone, the subject matter is always vibrant and playful. I love creating custom pieces for clients whether it is a canvas painting, a custom wall mural, or fabric. I love designing for specific spaces and places. Working with interior designers has been one of my favorite parts of my business. Cohesive design in a space is so important to me and rewarding when it all comes together.
Over the past few years, I have really developed my design skills and have been able to move beyond the gallery to other facets of the design and art worlds. As a company, I am most proud of the diversity of things that I create. I need diversity in my life and being able to move between prints, paintings, murals, wallpaper, illustration, and fabric design has been so rewarding. This is what sets me apart from other studio artists. I am not just a gallery artist but rather I work with many different people to spread love, color, and art to all parts of this world.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love that our city is nestled in such a beautiful landscape. Growing up in Jackson, WY, I am used to being surrounded by mountains. Being surrounded by mountains is very settling for me and I am very grateful to be able to explore the outdoors just a short distance from the city. I am unapologetically positive and don’t believe in spreading my negative thoughts to others. So, I will just say that I understand that all things in a community must change and I am determined to stay positive through it all and be the best advocate for love, art, and community that I can be.
- Website: www.jessiwestlundeen.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessiwestlundeen/
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