Where do you call home currently? I live in a tiny village on the Norfolk broads in the county of Norfolk, England.
Where did you study art and do you think it was necessary? I studied art at the University of Sunderland. I don’t think it is necessary to study art to be an artist. I will say though, that it was one of the best times of my life and the buzz of having so many other artists around to share ideas with was an amazing experience.
One word to describe Jasmine Farrow? Observer
How should an artist measure his or her success? Success is subjective. For me success is earning enough to live on through doing something you are passionate about. It is also about relishing positive experiences and taking time to realise when things are relatively good. What is the point of success if you don’t notice it.
Do you first draw a mock up? No, I need the adrenaline of working straight from my head. I get bored doing the same thing twice.
Best advice you ever received in regards to your career as an artist? I can’t really remember anyone giving me good advice. I am lucky to have friends and family who have always believed in my art and would tell me I can do it. You can’t succeed if you don’t work hard. Don’t wait and hope it happens because it won’t.
What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing at night? The first thing I do in the morning is hang out with my cat Patti and take a moment to chill. The last thing I do at night is lay and worry about everything from politics to where next to go on a latest painting and which vegetables need watering in our garden.
Do you listen to music while creating? If yes, what genre? Yes. Music is my other love. I had to go a couple of years without listening to any music when I was first ill and it was horrendous. I absolutely love music. I listen to lots of types but when I’m painting I particularly like Trip Hop. Portishead and Massive Attack are my favourites. I also like stuff like Lamb and Air to keep me calm but if I’m needing energy something like Sleater-Kinney livens things up!
What advice would you give putative collectors? Collect art that you love. You don’t have to know why you love it but choose art that makes you think. Do not choose art just because it matches your interiors.
Are the colours in your art indicative of your state of mind? Possibly subconsciously. Weirdly I often use colours that people would not associate with me or that I don’t even like that much. I choose colours intuitively mostly or from what I have seen in nature. I photograph colour combinations when I’m out and about for inspiration.
How would you like to be seen as an artist years from now? I just hope that my collectors continue to be happy with my work and that people feel connected to my art.
Do you have a place/person/thing that you visit for inspiration? I mostly take my inspiration from memories, worries/thoughts and hypnagogic hallucinations. I also love to get out and about in the Norfolk countryside and the North Norfolk coast. I love Germany too and hope to do more travelling in the future.
If you could have dinner with 3 artists living/dead who would be at your table? To give me any chance of answering this I will need three living and three dead! Living: Marina Abramovic, Leah Thiessen and Matteo Cassina. Dead: Salvador Dali, Perle Fine, M.C. Esher.
Three things you can’t live without in your studio? Apart from the obvious paint, brushes and canvas I would say a spray bottle, masking tape and a heater/fan (depending on time of year!).
you can purchaseJasmine’s work in the BUY section.