We had the good fortune of connecting with Josie Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josie, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Perseverance and Courage
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Other artists, collectors and friends have told me that my work is unique and organic.
I think that is what sets me apart from others. Everything I do is original and filled with variety, I enjoy trying new things always with the question in my mind, “what if?
I am inspired by materials found in our world, sometimes natural or man made, but especially nature. I am inspired by the designs of nature and in the ordinary. . To take something that is meant to be one thing and make it into something else is an exciting part of being an artist. . For example visiting a design/furniture store one day I saw a hanging paper lamp. That lamp design, when constructed and painted with wax and pigment and seen from a different angle became a three dimensional piece of art.
The challenge of finding my own voice and authority over the years has been at times hard. But because of my perseverance and at times courage I have been able to call myself artist. I have been working with the ancient medium of encaustic for almost 20 years. I think when I first began working with this medium, I was too eager to please the ones with more experience and authority, comparing myself, which I think all creatives do from time to time and is one thing I would tell newer artist to be mindful of as they make their art.
I kept on keeping on where one day I just didn’t need the approval or acknowledgment of those I thought were more experienced. That feeling of letting go and freedom has kept me going and learning each time I step into my studio.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite part of our city is Balboa Park. I never tire of that gem of a place. A day filled with art and culture, all in one place. Itinerary: Drive to Balboa Park from my home in Mission Hills, coffee and pastry at one of the little kiosks. Visit the Museum of Art and Museum of Photographic Arts. Time for 2 hour lunch at The Prado outdoors on the gorgeous patio. Stroll through the Japanese Friendship Garden with afternoon tea outside. Happy hour back at the Prado. Old Globe theatre in the early evening. Of course other places would be Mission Beach, La Jolla, Coronado, all places to stroll, shop, relax but my favorite is Balboa Park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
1. Inrternational Encaustic Art Association. 2. Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM. 3. Immediate family, friends and colleagues.4. Collectors of my work.
Website: www.josierodriguez.com. (now in construction)
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