We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaslyn Hutchinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaslyn, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
My work/life balance changed drastically after getting pregnant and giving birth to my daughter. Working my schedule around feeding a baby, diapers, and other needs has definitely posed the greatest challenge so far to my creative aspirations. Sometimes, it is a struggle to find any time at all to paint. I am having to learn much greater discipline and time management in this season of life, but it is still difficult to balance commissioned paintings and taking care of a baby! Another change that the pregnancy brought to my work was a shift from oil paints to water-based acrylic paints. Although I haven’t completely given up oil painting, that medium does release more toxic fumes and it has been a safer decision to use acrylic paints instead. There has been a learning curve with the MUCH quicker drying time for water-based paints, but in a way this has been a blessing in disguise, since I am forced to paint much faster and get more done before it’s time to take care of the baby again!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My main focus in art is painting. Over the years I’ve learned to use watercolors, oils, and acrylic paints and have found them all to be unique and challenging in different ways. But no matter what type of paint I use, all my pieces seem to focus on color, vibrancy and life. I love to see paint strokes and colors blending on canvas and love to express joy and hope through everything from portraits to landscapes to abstract! On the other hand, I’m not a big fan of sticking to one type of subject matter or theme and have often delved into moodier subjects. These darker paintings reflect the more serious side of life while still maintaining a ray of light. The commission requests I’ve received over the years have been very very different and often out of my comfort zone, so I’ve learned as an artist to be FLEXIBLE above all else and to be ready to learn at any time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Old Town SD is a great place to stroll around. There is lots of color, vibrancy and historical buildings, not to mention AMAZING food options! I highly recommend Old Town Mexican Cafe and their delicious Molcajete meal for two. All of the beaches in San Diego are lovely, but some of the most fun are the coves where the sea lions hang out. Definitely a great place to bring a friend! Last but not least, is my favorite: Balboa Park. There are so many places to explore there that you’ll just have to check it out for yourself.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my amazing husband who makes it possible for me to stay home with our baby and still pursue my passion for art. He also helped me create my first art room! Also, shoutout to my Lord and Savior who gives me strength to get through each day and each artistic endeavor.