BRUSH ON CANVAS BY JACKTONE OTIENO
Did you choose painting or did painting choose you?
FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN WE CHOSE EACH OTHER PAINTING CHOSE ME AND I ALSO CHOSE IT
Being able to produce such amazing work definitely requires a lot of practice and sacrifice. When did you start painting? And what was your first artwork?
I STARTED SERIOUS PAINTING IN HIGH SCHOOL FORM THREE AND MY FIRST WORK WAS A SYMBOLIC PORTRAIT OF MYSELF
Painting requires a lot of tools and with them a work room comes along. What is your most important tool and do you have a working station?
MY MOST IMPORTANT ARTIST TOOL ARE MY COLOR PENCILS. AT THE MOMENT I DON’T HAVE DEFINITE WORK STATION SINCE AM STILL IN SCHOOL BUT I DO OIL PAINTINGS AT HOME IN THE MOST QUIET AND SECURE ROOM.
Artists work with inspiration. What motivates/inspires your work?
GOD INSPIRES ME A LOT I ALWAYS WONDER HOW HE CAME UP WITH ALL THAT SURROUNDS US. PURELY ARTISTIC. I ALSO LIKE LEONARDO DA VINCI AND RAPHAEL’S WORKS: ANATOMY AND MACHINERY
Which is the greatest and most challenging piece you have ever done? And why?
THE GREATEST AND THE MOST CHALLENGING WORK IS THE MULTIDIMENSIONAL MAN: A CUBISM ABSTRACT PAINTING BECAUSE IT’S A SINGLE PORTRAIT CONTAINING MANY PORTRAITS.
Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?
THE ELEMENT OF ART I ENJOY WORKING WITH IS THE USE COLORS BECAUSE ALTERING ONE SHADE CAN TELL MANY STORIES.
Painting like all the other types of art requires a lot of focus. How do you stay focused and in sync while painting? Describe your ideal working atmosphere
MY IDEAL WORKING ATMOSPHERE IS A QUIET ROOM WITH NO PEOPLE AND EARPHONES IN MY EARS. MUSIC RAISES MY CREATIVITY AND TAKES ME WHERE I ONLY UNDERSTAND AND NO ONE ELSE.
In Kenya, painting is not known as the most lucrative job, do you do it for the money or the skill?
I DO IT MAINLY FOR THE SKILL BUT IF SOMEONE IS VERY INTERESTED IN MY WORK I MAY CHARGE THEM IF NECESSARY.
With such a high level of skill, you can merely paint anything. What is your dream project?
MY DREAM PROJECT IS TO OWN A BIG ART GALLERY AND POSSIBLY BRING TOGETHER THOSE WITH SIMILAR SKILLS. ALSO MAKE A PORTRAIT OF PRINCE OF UAE.
Where do you see your work taking you?
I SEE MY ART TAKING ME TO PLACES LIKE MARVEL STUDIOS AND FINE ART MUSEUMS OF EUROPE.
Painting involves a lot of inhaling of chemicals. Can you pass a drug test?
AM NOT SURE WHETHER I CAN PASS A DRUG TEST BECAUSE I DON’T USE ANY BUT SINCE I PAINT A LOT THERE IS A POSSIBILITY PASS OR FAIL A DRUG TEST. (Laughs)