Seattle might be notorious for niche coffee shops and scenic waterways, but locals know it's also home to an array of people who love to create. This city is chock-full of artists and today marks the first weekly artist feature on Seattle Refined! If you have a local artist in mind that you would like to see featured, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you're wondering just what constitutes art, that's the beauty of it; it's up to you!
We are always always always looking for more artists to profile for this series, so when one of our photographers came back from a trip to Victoria with the card of one Jake Hose - whimsical artist who is famous in these parts for his Seattle Cats series - I JUMPED at the chance to feature him. Jake did not dissapoint, nor is his work solely of the feline variety. He's a musician, acrylic painter, devoted husband, drawer, digital artist and coffee lover. Thanks for chatting with us Jake!
Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Jake Hose: I’ve been creating art all my life. I started getting serious about art back in 1994; over the years of creating, I’ve written and recorded 10 music projects, have done hundreds of pen and ink drawings, painted over 100 acrylic paintings, along with hundreds of digital artworks including animations and vector art drawings. Most of my visual work that I’m known for, has been done with acrylic paints on a canvas like the Seattle Cats series.
Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I normally get inspired by an idea and start sketching compositional sketches, if needed I seek photos to study, then I refine the compositional sketches into a master drawing. Then I determine a group of colors, i.e. a color foundation, to determine the mood and temperature of the painting that will work with the idea I want to express.
Then, I begin painting the background while building layers of partially transparent paint while carefully adjusting values, shadows, textures, and light until it is finished. Once I can feel that the painting is in “balance” I begin to start smiling for I can feel the work is almost done. The average painting can take between 50 and 100 hours to complete depending upon the complexity of the art.
Tell us about where your inspiration for your art comes from?
I think, as an artist, it’s important to absorb and observe your surroundings: the more an artist soaks in, the more depth their art should have. With that said, I am inspired by history, cultures from around the world, pop culture, spirituality, fantasy, mythology, nature, progressive ideas, the interdependence of humanity, and the human condition.
I try to connect with a broad audience by entertaining, sometimes educating, and hopefully inspiring my audience. I study just about everything around me and want my art to reflect many ideas, expressing a dynamic approach to art. My body of work reflects both simple ideas and complex storytelling, approachable to the general public or to the sophisticated art crowd. And what I love about it the most is that it stays light-hearted, fun and whimsical, that’s the beauty of my work, it celebrates life.
Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
I love to entertain, inspire and enrich people's live through my artistic legacy.
Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
That’s a hard one, but one of the paintings that I love the most is the whimsical artwork called if "Seattle were Venice", a painting from the Seattle Cats series.
What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
I think living here in the Seattle area for the past 16 years has greatly inspired me for many different reasons. The nature around here is amazing and it’s had a wonderful influence on my body of art. Also, the culture of the Pacific Northwest is also amazing and it’s great to be a part of a culture that is receptive to unique and whimsical art, along with the many awesome artists that live here.
My wife Kim has had a very inspiring influence on my work, believing in me, along with my sales reps that have had a positive influence on my artistry.
If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
You can visit us on the web at www.funwhimsicalart.com, a gallery that you can safely purchase art from. We also have an art blog with stories about the whimsical art at www.jakehose.com.
We also sell art in around 60 stores in Washington that are handled by our sales reps and we also participate in over 20 festival shows during the year. Links to the stores and shows are found on our websites.
What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
Currently, my wife Kim and I just finished our 22nd show for 2016 and are now working on launching a new update to our art line for stores that will be out by January. I’ve also been designing art for our own fabric line that will be used for Kim’s new line of designer tote bags that will be coming out in January as well. These will be high-quality bags handmade in the Pacific Northwest called a Kimali bag and will be available at: www.kimali.net!
Lastly, how do you take your coffee?
I love strong black coffee, the darker the better, Seattle is the perfect place for coffee lovers!