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N-town Q/A

September 13, 2013

Q&A: JUURI incorporates inspiration from dual identity

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Q: How long have you been working as a professional artist?

A: I’m not sure what counts as professional. [laughing] I don’t know if I’m even right now completely professional because I have a day job. I’ve been selling my paintings since about 2010. I got a graphic design job when I graduated because that was my major, but then I decided to do more of the art again in 2010.

Q: What’s your day job?

A: It’s right here. I’m a receptionist. I just answer the phone but it doesn’t really ring in the afternoon. It’s for this office right here. It’s a local construction company. I have no idea about construction, I just answer the phone and pass it to whoever.

Q: And they let you paint? While you’re working?

A: Mhm, yeah.

Q: That’s really cool.

A: Sometimes the phones are so crazy I can’t really paint, but sometimes they don’t ring very much and I can get a lot done. That’s why I took a job a monkey can do so I can do a lot of other stuff. [laughing]

Q: How did you get the job?

A: I knew someone who worked in the office. And they’re really supportive of my art.

Q: That’s nice. You don’t find that everywhere.

A: Yeah. I do realize I’m very lucky.

Q: Tell me about your style. Is this something that has evolved or is this how you’ve always created?

A: It really has evolved. When I got out of college I really didn’t know what I wanted to do as far as art. You do so much in college that is just assignments and you don’t really know what your style is. So it took me a long time to figure out this is what I like.

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