We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordin David and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordin, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Right now, the success I aim for is related to the day to day work of accomplishing at least one productive thing a day. Staying focused has never come naturally to me. I get distracted very easily; walking from room to room is enough to completely throw off my train of thought. It took 23 years, but in 2020 I was finally diagnosed with moderate inattentive ADHD. I’ve lived with the symptoms my whole life of course, but now that I’m creating a business, I have to be vigilant in my fight against most of my natural tendencies. To manifest new and productive habits, I imagine what daily success looks like, and the pride I will feel when I finish a small task or large project. I’ll write down or say aloud, “I am so grateful and relieved to be focused and back on track,” then drink some water, and get started.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a classically trained fine art figurative oil painter – but more recently I’ve been experimenting with a variety of mediums in both murals and apparel. I studied life drawing for 4 years at SDSU [San Diego] and 4 months at Lorenzo de’ Medici [Florence, Italy]. Currently, I am the director and co-founder of a local muralist team in San Diego. I enjoy bringing fine-art artists into the street art world, like my colleague and co-founder, Sean Curtis, did for me. Our aim is to feature emerging and well respected artists on projects that will contribute to the beautification of the city. As far as my rendition of the nude female form, my uncategorized style incorporates techniques founded in realism, juxtaposed with an overall essence of surrealism. For a while, my muse has been the connection of women to nature and the extraordinary power that each hold. We only exist because of the women who birthed us, and the Earth who was here before us. I also tend to use my art as a way to navigate past traumas as well as reflect on present revelations. Each painting was made with hours of research, excitement, procrastination, doubt, day dreams, overconfidence, failure, and heart break; a process that can tear you apart. Not every piece has a success story, but every piece has an honest story.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First and foremost, Connect San Diego [3784 30th St, North Park] is basically a one stop shop for San Diego local artists. The gallery/storefront features members of the art collective that highlights painters, musicians, clothing brands, and misc. artists. I personally have two murals on display and apparel for sale. The backyard of the gallery is a safe space to practice spray painting, so make sure to stop at Visual Shop next door to grab some art supplies. Just down the street and around the corner, try Swami’s Cafe’s Vanilla Nut coffee while you look at the murals we painted on the historic building next door.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As an artist who largely grew from the studio class learning environment, being surrounded by other hungry artists is crucial for keeping me on track and inspired. I’ve been extremely grateful lately for the new inspirations I’m finding in the friends I’ve made from the younger art community of San Diego. In the summer of 2020, an art collective, founded by Robert Blume, evolved into a full on art gallery in the heart of North Park. Connect San Diego is a growing community of artists and art collectors which provides space for support, critique, and collaboration. I painted my first two murals on the walls (and fireplace) of the gallery, and since have met an array of personalities who use countless outlets of expression. I had met my now business partner, Sean Curtis, through Connect San Diego, as well as many of the artists on our team. I definitely work best when I’m surrounded by people with a similar mindset – as does anyone. Seeing the success of my friends working in music and fashion pushes me to work harder on my paintings and my business.