GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: JESSICA HALLEY OF WINGED COYOTE DESIGNS

How old are you?
38

What is the primary medium you work in?
I primarily work with paper-cutting, whether they’re in a shadowbox or flat. I also do pieces in ink and marker.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Paper-cut tends to be my favorite for big pieces, but I enjoy doing pen and ink on quicker sketches such as post-it note art.

What is your favorite subject matter?
I tend to lean towards different sorts of fandoms, usually animated, that I enjoyed watching. My old reliable go to though is horses and fantasy creatures.

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
For paper-cut, I use an xacto blade, various scrapbooking papers from many different stores, and two different brands of extra strong glue sticks (one for the majority of paper and one for papers/foam that is harder to get glue to stick to). For markers (which I also use to augment my paper-cut work), I have various brands of markers, Chameleon being my favorite with Copic and Prismacolor filling in the gaps. I also use white gel pens and colored pencils to help with details in my works.

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
In terms of marker work, Todd Nauck has a wonderful youtube channel with lots of different videos from penciling to inking to coloring where he explains what he’s doing and answers questions along the way here. As for paper-cut, I really need to look for a good video or site. Most of what I do is cobbled together by trial and error and looking at different people’s blogs. I have a live stream video I did for Bubble Pop Gallery’s Le Fae show that’s saved in their IGTV. I’m going to try and do more live art streams on my Instagram (@wingedcoyotedesigns) so that people can at least see how I go about things more.

How and when did you start creating artwork?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. Whether it was in sketchbooks or doodling in the margins of my notebooks. I got into markers when I was taking continuing education classes at the Rhode Island School of Design as my method before hand had been colored pencils and it took far too long and too much pressure on my wrist to finish pieces how I liked in that. Markers let me fill in large spaces with color quicker and then go in with pencils. I also found I could get a good watercolor look out of them. A few years afterward I got into paper-cut after a RISD class assignment and then a tribute show at Hub Comics.

Who or what are your biggest artistic influences?
Far too many. Animation and comics have been a big influence as well as people who work in it. Style wise, I always seem fall back to Alphonse Mucha as an inspiration in just the geometric swirls and such as well as other traditional artwork that has lots of interweaving and movement like celtic knotwork.

If you could give any advice to your past-artist-self, what would it be?
Probably the same advice I give to myself now. Just keep drawing. Done is better than perfect. Maybe if I tell my past-artist-self those enough times, they’ll be solid in my head now.

What is your ultimate goal as an artist? Has this changed over your art career?
To create art and makes people smile. One of the things I miss most about conventions being on hold is getting to see people’s reaction when a piece hits a chord with them. Whether it’s them getting a joke in a piece or just seeing a fandom they don’t see often.

What is your favorite plant and/or animal? 
I’ve loved horses since I was little and ‘a pony’ is always the answer to the ‘what do you want as a present?’. As for plants, lilacs have become a favorite of mine after seeing them all in bloom at the Arnold Arboretum.

Is nature something that you’re drawn to? 
Definitely. Whether it’s the sea shore or woods, I love going out hiking and being in nature. Another thing I’ve missed in this past year is the opportunities to go out to National Parks.

Can you tell us about the pieces you created for this gallery? 
I had a lot of ideas, but time restricted my pieces to just one. It’s inspired by Wolfwalkers which is a great animated movie done by Cartoon Saloon, the same studio that did The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. I loved the feel of the movie as well as all the nature and animals, so it felt like a good fit for the show.

Are there any messages that you’re aiming to convey with the art you created for this gallery? 
Just the cozy love and friendship of Robyn and Mebh in getting to find a kindred spirit when both felt very alone in their lives.

Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around the theme of this gallery?
With me and nature, there’s really too many to pick from.

If you could invent any kind of plant or animal, what would it be/look like/what kind of environment would it thrive in? 
In terms of animals, whatever it’d be, it’d be long lived. As for plants, something that would be able to be moved more easily as I’m always sad that I can’t always take all the plants I want with me when I move houses.

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before? 
Yes!

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