Artist, hailing from Toronto. My name is Jyothee and this is my story.
Painting is what I live and breathe, and I’ve been at it since I was 10 years old. My father saw me mindlessly scribbling on walls when I was 2 but instead of yelling at me to stop, he grew this inner curiosity of mine. Buying me sketching books, art materials, and telling me inspiring stories of my artist grandfather, he was slowly growing what would be this passion I live for today.
I sold my first painting when I was 15, an acrylic piece of a tiger bought by my high school teacher, still hanging in Lester B. Pearson high school today. An unforgettable day for me, not believing that my art could actually be something someone would buy. Fast forward to 2016 and now I do custom orders for clients worldwide; these pieces include portraits, landscapes, abstract paintings, Marvel, DC,Disney, Anime, and so much more. I use a variety of mediums including watercolour, acrylic, and oil. In addition to canvas paintings I do prints, custom shoe art, denim jackets, motorbike helmets, hyper glow- in-the- dark paintings, and basically anything with a surface my brush can touch on.
Doing something you love doing and making money from it too, it’s an amazing feeling. On the flip side, it comes with many complications and challenges. As with any business, keeping up with a consistent stream of customers isn’t easy. To top it off, I dropped out of university to completely pursue my art career last summer and that comes with pressure. Anyone living in a South Asian household would know, a decision like that is something that our society doesn’t respect at all. When you’re a part of a society that only respects a university degree (and a reputable one at that), its difficult being an artist and living your passion without being bashed on.
It goes without saying that my family didn’t support this decision of mine but that didn’t stop me from giving everything into my passion and growing my entrepreneur mindset. Making plans for products, a clothing line, creating original art, there would be days I would just isolate myself from the world and focus on doing what I needed to do to succeed. Painting every single day, choosing my passion over partying, staying committed to learning. For the past few years I went from loving painting to living and breathing painting and I see tremendous improvement in myself.
To aspiring artists, “You get what you put in”. You can’t expect greatness without putting in the effort to obtain it. Practice makes perfect and I’m nowhere near there, but I know I’m on my way. Don’t settle for ordinary, strive for nothing less than extraordinary.
I wrote this blog post to answer some frequently asked questions about my art and about myself as an artist. Thank you for being patient with me and for joining me on this journey. Keep on creating, find your luminous language.