year of birth: 1975
country: Born in South Africa, citizen of the UK.
Q1: When did you start making art?
When I was very young, younger than I can remember. It was a natural interest for me that never went away.
Q2: What does inspire you?
Many different things. To be a good artist and a good human being, you should be interested and inspired by all things. Science, space, nature, art techniques, storytelling, fantasy, the human body, psychology, geology, and everything else you can imagine. As I’ve grown older, my interests and inspirations have widened from specific dark fantasy subjects to pretty much everything in the universe.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I’ve learned to use all media, but haven’t physically painted in a long time. I work in Photoshop almost exclusively for business convenience, and generally follow similar steps to traditional painting these days. If I do photo-based work, I usually take my own photos of models, and then extensively change them with many techniques including overpainting, photo montage and 3D work.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
When I was working more exclusively on horror or gothic art in the past, my aim was really to present a very strong atmosphere, to try and put the viewer into the subject emotionally. To try and get to the spiritual heart of the thing, to put it another way. These days, I’m more interested in inspiring wonder or educating people through my art.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I’ve often thought I should pull back on my use of colour; most of my photo-based works tend to have more dull colours, which gives them a coherent feel. But whenever I paint I always seem to use large amounts of every colour. I honestly love every colour, because I can see a beautiful use for every colour. If I’m using less colour though, I tend to stick with warm, dark colours.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
My skill at painting and drawing people, and my bad tendency of falling back on old ideas and habits when I’m working fast, instead of making time to research reference materials.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I aim to produce books with my wife for young readers, some beautiful and inspirational things that hopefully they will keep in their memory in later years.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of jasonjuta.
Seeking, learning, improving.
Q9: What did change from your first work till now?
I’ve developed a much stronger feel for composition, light and colour.
Q10: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Both. Without art in all its forms of self expression, humanity might as well not exist!