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Inside w/ Jessica Braumgarner

Updated: Dec 10, 2022


        Welcome back Kc! What a wonderful Wednesday it’s been so far. I hope everyone has a great start to their week! Today we have another interview for you, with Jessica Baumgarner! To learn more about Jessica, from her love of nature to what got her where she is now, read the full article below!! 





 INSIDE W/ KC ARTIST: Jessica Baumgarner 


       What inspires your creations? 

    “My work is inspired by nature. I love to paint birds and flowers for both their aesthetic and symbolic qualities.”

 

        What does your artwork represent? 

   “ I am deeply connected to the beauty and symbolism of flowers. Historically, each kind of flower was associated with a specific meaning. Flowers are also temporary. I think part of the reason flowers feel so special to us is our latent understanding that they will die, so we should enjoy them while we can. To me, this reflects our own existence. “Memento mori” in latin means “remember that you must die.” We bloom for a season and then we wither away. But even though our lives are brief, each one of our souls carries profound meaning. I hope my work can be a reminder of how beautiful and important our lives are, so that we may live each day fully and make choices that have a positive impact on the people around us.  “

 

“The whole future lies in uncertainty. Live immediately” – Seneca

 

     How do you make it, in the art community? 

     “I primarily engage with the art community online. I am so grateful for online platforms like Instagram, which allow me to share my process and be inspired by artists locally and around the world.”

 

        What does art mean to you and what it means for society? 

      “ For me, art is another language. Sometimes I have difficulty expressing what I am thinking and feeling through words, but somehow color and form communicate it more authentically. More broadly, art is a universal language that transcends words and connects us all as human beings.”

 

      How does being from KC affect your work in the Artist community? 

    “ I lived most of my life in Oklahoma and moved to the KC area in 2018.  Even though KC is only 300 miles north of my hometown of Stillwater (Go Pokes!), it feels very different geographically. The soil is actual dirt (instead of red clay) and it rains regularly here. After relocating, I was able to plant my first successful garden. Nature just seems to thrive a little more in KC. As a botanical artist, this has given me a lot more source material to work from.”

 

        Your favorite medium?

    “ I work primarily in watercolor. I chose this medium for practical reasons, but I ended up loving it immensely for its challenging, yet therapeutic quality. When I started painting, my son was 3 years old. Watercolor is easy to pick up and put down, easy to contain in a small area, and I didn’t want chemicals like paint thinner within reach. After practicing and experimenting, I realized how difficult, beautiful, and underrated the medium is. Watercolor has a very “wu-wei” feel to it. In Daoist philosophy, wu-wei translates to “effortless action”. Using the medium requires you to let go and allow the paint to behave in it’s own way. Lao Tzu said “Governing a large country is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much poking”. The same is true for watercolor. The more you work the paint the worse things get. Apply brush to paper and then step back.”

 

“The master sees things as they are, without trying to control them. She lets them go their own way, and resides at the center of the circle” -Tao Te Ching, verse 29

 

         Last, but never least. A little about yourself?

   “ I am a watercolor artist based in Overland Park, Kansas. Aside from painting, I love cooking, playing the violin and studying philosophy. As a busy mom, I create right in the heart of my home, next to my kitchen and within earshot of our main living area. I think of myself as an artist in a very wholistic sense. My work as a painter, mother, teacher, and homemaker are woven together to create my artistic identity. Everything I do within my home is an extension of my artistic practice; Whether I am creating art, cooking a meal or reading bedtime stories, I am deeply engaged in a creative process.”

 

“The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they're doing, and they love it in front of others." – Fred Rogers 


   To see more of Baumgarner you can follow her on Instagram at @j.braumgarner.art and if you want even moREEEEE you can go here.  


   As always, thank you guys for the support and making it possible to give voices to so many artists! Trust us, you have no clue how much it means.

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