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Jason Humphrey - Interview
La Playa Gallery: Hi! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Can you tell us your name, where you live and a little bit about your past?
Jason Humphrey: I’m Jason Humphrey, also known by my “Brand” name of “Original Ink Art.” I live in La Mesa, and originally hail from Los Angeles.
LPG: Can you give us a brief overview of the work you create?
JH: My art is primarily pen and ink stipple (tiny dots of ink creating contrast and depth). I like to add mixed media, as well as collage elements to my work as well.
LPG: How and when did you get started?
JH: I have always been a creative person since my youth. I took a drawing class at Grossmont College when I got of the Navy years ago. I learned the process of pointillism (stipple), and just fell in love with it. I’ve been doing it ever since, teaching myself different ways to add to it.
LPG: What motivates you to create new work?
JH: So many things, but most importantly the fact that this is my gift to the world. We all have something inside us, and this is what pours out from me.
LPG: What a positive outlook. Is there a specific series you are currently creating and what is the inspiration behind it?
JH: I’m currently working on drawing a Blackfoot Indian series. I have family ties to them, and it has been fun exploring their past.
LPG: What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
JH: Micron pens, and watercolor paper. I can create for six months without having to go to an art store. I constantly buy these things!
LPG: Do you have a routine you follow for creating or only work when inspiration hits?
JH: I just make sure to stay active. It is especially fun and exciting when inspiration hits, but I always have a piece or two in the works to keep me going. I currently have a piece that I have been working on “in between” other art projects for over a year.
LPG: It’s great that you stay so busy. Do you collect anything and does it influence your work?
JH: I collect some comics here and there, and some super hero memorabilia. I have periods where I actually draw superheroes…it is a nostalgic trip for me.
LPG: What artist or artists have influenced you the most?
JH: Basquiat with his fearlessness and creative concepts.
LPG: Support for each other is so important. Locally, what artist excites you the most?
JH: I love Michael Summers work. He shares my love of animals and color. Very exciting stuff.
LPG: Well, thank you for letting us into your creative world. It's been a pleasure and we are really looking forward to featuring your work at La Playa Gallery!
JH: Thank you! It’s always wonderful to work with like-minded people!