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I started my professional art website in 1997, when I was still in high school, and within a few years of that it became my fulltime job.As the years progressed I hired my husband fulltime to work as my assistant (he’s a writer, so he works at home too – it’s a great combo), then my brother-in-law, my sister, etc. They handle things like shipping, printing, order processing, packaging, running shows & events, etc.Well, my name is Jasmine Becket-Griffith, I was born in 1979, and I’m a professional artist.I work in acrylic paints on wood, painted with water & a paintbrush the traditional way.I don’t ever do “fan art” or anything like that, I just happen to get approached a lot a lot of work for companies that have a high profile in popular culture which in turn benefits both me (in terms of exposure) and the corporations (it is kind of lending them some “street cred” by working in tandem with independent self-representing artists).I only take on corporate projects if it’s something I genuinely enjoy (I’m a big Disney fan for example, so I always leap at any contracts the Disney galleries send me! It’s neat because it’s a great way for new fans & collectors to “discover” me – they might have a Star Wars shirt with my Princess Leia on it that they bought at Disneyland, and they’ll look and see my name written on they credit byline – then they’ll google me and see that I have an entire body of work beyond that which I’ve done for Lucas Film, and suddenly they find themselves surrounded with all the other paintings I have done for myself with my own characters.The personal aspect of sharing my artwork in person, painting publicly at my easel, hugging my fans and laughing & crying with them in “real life” really cannot be replicated.
I’d been approached many times over the years to create coloring books with my artwork, but I had some very specific thoughts on the matter. I wanted them to be one-sided pages so people can cut out the pages and so they don’t have to worry about bleed-through.
Sometimes the “story” comes to me halfway through the painting. You can also buy the books at brick & mortar bookshops like Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, etc.
Sometimes the “story” is in my head before I even bust out the paintbrushes. (if you don’t see it at your local branch, just talk to the person behind the desk and they can order it in for you to pick up quickly) – it’s distributed via Llewellyn which is a massive distribution company so it is now readily available since its official launch date this week!
SFN got a chance to have a one-on-one conversation with the one-and-only Artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith.
She talked about her passion for painting and also how there’s a story to be told in her famous paintings. Why don’t you tell us about yourself for those who aren’t familiar with you?