Jacqui Gouveia‘s abstract landscapes on Etsy caught our eye right away. In fact, we loved her bold use of color so much that we featured Jacquie’s painting in our spring catalogs! From her studio in Carver, Massachusetts, Jacquie spoke with us about the New England artist life, and showed us more of her work…
What role does painting play in your life these days? Are you a full-time artist?
When I’m in my studio working, I can truly be myself. I don’t have to please anyone else, I can be messy, I can screw up and let whatever emotions out without any judgment. Painting is my way of being absolutely free and independent. I’m definitely beyond the point of art being a hobby, but it’s not yet a full-time job, so I’m somewhere in the middle right now.
How important is where you live in New England to your work?
The New England landscapes are very influential in my work. I have the ability to go and study the beach, marshes, woods, and mountains. And then we also have the seasons, which provide me with an entirely new palette to work with. This wonderful gift from Mother Nature deserves the attention.
Outside of your immediate surroundings, where do you like to turn to for inspiration?
Music is very helpful to put me in a better frame of mind. It’s important to not “try” to make a painting, so when I really need help, I will play more and experiment with my headphones on. The music drowns out any doubts I’m having and the playtime usually sets me onto a path of some ideas for new works. Many of my paintings come from my imagination as opposed to an actual location, so playing is important in the creative process to pull out of my head whatever is lingering there.
What advice do you have for other self-taught painters who are dreaming of following their passion?
Find your own voice in your work. Although you can look at other works for inspiration, be sure to follow your instincts. Don’t let anyone else tell you what or how you should be painting. Most importantly, enjoy the journey of being an artist. If it is your passion, creating will be with you for a lifetime, so form a great relationship with it.
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