Art is in everyone
By Edward Ding, 9 grader of MRHS
Oct. 17, 2019
As a not very artistic person, it was interesting for me to interview Jane Hunt, a long time artist, and talk about her life and perspective on the field and career of art and what it takes to be an artist. As I walked into her studio, I noticed many kinds of artwork ranging from landscapes to sculptures to abstract paintings. Seeing so many kinds of art at varying levels of abstraction, I asked what the meaning of art is personally to her.
“I think the meaning of art is creating something that helps you disappear to a peaceful place, yet when the public looks at it, it takes them to a place in their head… ‘Art is in the eyes of the beholder’.”
No matter what art one can create, whether they decide it is good or bad, to someone else it may be a masterpiece or a disaster. One can find success in the career of art no matter what media they like to work with, in Jane’s case: glass. People are bound to like your art no matter how good or bad you think you are. I asked Jane if someone who believes that they are not talented enough or lack an artist’s mind can still find success in art.
“Absolutely, because remember I believe it’s in everyone. Art’s in everyone.”
She’s not just making up this fact either. She has worked years in business for years, until she discovered what she really loved: art. She believes everyone is good at some kind of art, for her glass, for you? You dictate that. Even if you think you are no good at any art, Jane believes that you can be good at something and make a living off of it.
We all know the stereotype of artists. Struggling to make ends meet, unable to sell their work or market themselves to the world. Some could have been great artists, but never go into the field of art because the stereotypes implemented by society marking art as an unstable or bad career to take. Is society wrong? Could they be partially right? I asked Jane if your passion matters more than making ends meet.
“I think sometimes you have to do things that you don’t have total passion for to support yourself, then you have to work in where your passion is. If you don’t have the avenues to support yourself, you either have to find multiple avenues using the arts, or you have to do a job and then create you art. To say ‘I'm just gonna be an artist and it’s my passion and I’m not gonna do a job to take care of myself’ is not the right way.”
Jane believes that one should not go and only do pure art, not making any money. There are careers that incorporate art and creativity that are stable and make people very successful. Jane’s daughter works in graphic design, a job which incorporates creativity and art, and also aspects of computer science. She purchased her own house at a young age and now lives a comfortable life.
What you can get out of my interview with Jane is that living a life of purley just doing one thing with art, such as only selling paintings, is not the way to go. One must find multiple avenues of making money with art, as she did with her classes, framing and selling art. One can also find career paths that combine the creativity of art with the well paying jobs of the real world, such as graphic design. Moderation is the way to go in the field of art if one wants to live comfortably doing so. She believes that artists can make a living and live a good life, just as good as anyone else. If art is your passion, go for it! Towards the end of our interview, I asked if she had any final wisdom for aspiring artists out there, and she left an inspiring and powerful message.
“A lot of it is listening to God and where God leads you. When you get a feeling and he says try this, don’t over think it. Try it and see where it takes you. God sends you things to try, and you have the free will to overanalyze it, or you have the will to move on with it. A lot of the things that David (husband) and I did to be here, the whole world said we shouldn’t do it. ‘It’s too risky, you should stay with that company doing this you should stay doing that.’ We would never be where we are today if we listened to everybody and we over thought it.” Yes, go following your heart and support yourself with your art creativity. Now Jane Hunt and David Hunt own the wonderful Eight Legs Gallery where their dream started.