WHO AM I? ?
Jim Faris. I’m a visual artist specializing in whimsical, modernist, images.
I guess it is really just folk art. I do have formal training as an artist, but its the emotional and fun connections that I make with people through my art that is most important to me. When creating my pieces I go in and out between “thinking about the audience” and “loosing myself in the process”. I don’t paint purely for me, I consider people viewing it, their reactions, the potential sale… even how it would look in someone home. But most of that happens early in the process, choosing a subject, size and color palette, I’m making it sound more contrived that it is, I consider it… but in the end, I’m painting for me. I always think, “this will never sell, so I better be happy with it hanging on my wall for a long time.”
One of the great challenges I have always had is that I love so many different styles of art. And I identify with so many different styles. So, I do some primitive style, some modernist, some cubist, some simplified, some graphic, some paint marker, some digital and some realistic. My work has always moved in styles, but seems to have always been about transitions… Changing one thing into another, evolving, applying one idea to another thing. And it has almost always been whimsical, fun and accessible. As with most art forms, it’s easier for artist to create dark, painful and sullen creations. I know as a song writer I can write a good depressing song in a day, but writing a GOOD uplifting one is tough. Same goes for acting, it’s tough to be a comedy actor and still be considered a serious craftsmen. This is the challenge I give myself in my art. How do I portray a good, positive feeling, a fun engaging image, and still be art? I dont know the answer, but this is what I’m trying to do.