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 who we love to feature weekly 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!
Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? Do you work with other mediums?
Jessica Suiter: I have been creating for as long as I can remember. I have always loved to draw, and when I was really young I got into making miniature things out of clay. But, over the past few years I have been very focused on my art and improving as much as I can. I try to work with as many mediums as I can. I use pencils, charcoal, acrylic paint, oil paint, watercolors, ink, pen, markers, and anything else I can get my hands on. Although, my favorite is watercolor painting.
Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages work into it?
I begin with either a small thumbnail sketch of how I want the piece to look, or with a reference picture from the internet or something I have taken myself. Then, I put in my headphones and begin sketching it out. After that is the fun part - when I get to paint or draw the rest of the piece. I don’t make all of my decisions at the beginning. Most of the time, I don’t know what I am going to do next and making creative decisions along the way is fun.
Tell us about where your inspiration for your art come from?
I use Pinterest a lot to save images and draw inspiration from them. Other than that, I draw inspiration from whatever is around me at the time. It is quite random but I am always willing to draw anything I find interesting. I am also inspired by other artists’ styles. I draw inspiration from other students in my art class and from artists I follow online.
Do you have a specific “beat” you like best – nature, food, profiles etc?
I love drawing and painting people, I always have. I see people all the time and different faces inspire me. People are so interesting to me and there are so many different kinds of people that I can paint so there is endless inspiration. I draw other things too, but it gets very boring to me if there are no people in it and I have trouble finishing those pieces.
Do you have one piece of art that means more to you, or is extremely special to you?
I have a few pieces that I like personally because I like the way they turned out. But, there is one painting in particular that I made last year of my sister. I named it “Exuberance” which refers to her cheerful and excited personality. I included lots of bright splashes of color and I think it portrayed her existence perfectly. It was meant to show a childlike innocence and I think most people can understand that just by looking at it. I recently hung it up in my room because I like it so much.
What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
Last year in school, I signed up for AP/Advanced Visual Arts class at my high school. That was a great decision and one of the best classes I have ever taken. It was only the second art class I have ever taken and I was a sophomore. It really challenged me to create more than I ever have and I got very serious about my art. I think that is when I decided that I want to be an artist and devote lots of time into making that happen.
If we want to see more of your work where should we go to find?
I have an instagram page just for my art called @lynnartt . I post almost all my projects on there.
What is next for you? Anything you’re working on right now that you’re really excited about?
I am not working on anything specific at the moment but, as always I am trying to improve and make lots of art for my portfolio.
We see that you also perform in the circus. Tell us more about that!
Over the summer, I perform with the Wenatchee Youth Circus. We travel around Washington and perform at different venues, sometimes totaling over 90 shows by the end of the year. I have been in the circus for three years and I have learned so much and am so grateful for my circus family. When I first joined, I fell in love with wire walking. I eventually got into low wire, highwire, trampoline, Lyra, tumbling, and roman ladders. The highwire is 35 feet high and it is so fun to be a part of. I love getting to be with all my friends at circus, learn new things, and perform.
Lastly, how do you take your coffee? We ask everyone!
Almost any type of iced coffee, but vanilla lattes are my go-to.