RedDot Reader Profile | Jodi Dann

Jodi Dann is an abstract artist living in Beavercreek, Oregon. Her paintings are full of interesting colors and imagery that take the viewer on incredible, imaginative journeys.

I enjoyed talking to Jodi about her art and artistic background.

Jason: How did you get your start in art?

As The Sun Sets | acrylic 30X30 $950

Jodi Dann: About 17 years ago, my husband commented that if I didn’t want to work any longer it was fine with him. So, I accepted that offer and immediately dove into the arts. I tried a couple of terms in hand building ceramics, which I totally enjoyed. I met an artist/painter who introduced me to acrylics. I found   that to be more fascinating and easier to lug around then clay. Which proved to be the right choice when it came to transferring your art around to set up at shows.

J: Are there other artists in your family?

JD: Not currently, but my mom as a young woman always sketched. At that time she used sketchbooks that were not acid free, so a lot of them had crumbled away but I was able to save many and slipped them into an archival folder. My dad made surfboards and belly boards in Redondo Beach California. I have great memories growing up in Southern California and watching him in his workshop. So, now if I am around resin it brings back memories. One of my Grandmothers was musical and played the banjo.

J: Did your family encourage your art?

JD: My family does encourage me to keep going with my art, and always brag about me, what can I say, hah!  Even though they don’t always understand my style, they are true supporters. My husband had my studio built on our 2 acres just a short stroll from the house. Since I am so in love with Sedona, I chose the outside colors to resemble the red earth. It is my cozy little Sedona haven.

J: How much art related education do you have?

JD: Although I have taken classes and workshops, I am mainly self taught. I find that walking into my studio and spending lots of time at the easel are the best lessons. I use to think that I couldn’t be an artist without an art degree, but through the years I find it really doesn’t matter.  Art comes from ones soul and heart, in my case “imagination”. I don’t strive to be a perfect painter, nor do I have the patience.  

Not Forgotten | acrylic 24×24 $695

J: What is your medium?

JD: Acrylic, sometimes mixed.

J: Describe your style and subject matter.

JD: My style is abstract.

Of late I have had portals, arches and bridges appear without depicting a particular place. I like the viewer to have their own interpretation of where this faraway place may be.

J: How did you develop your style?

JD: Years ago I started painting still life and landscapes. I wasn’t connecting with any subject and I didn’t care to paint what I saw. I kept feeling like there was more to say with paint then what was already said. Make sense? I searched for local abstract workshops, but had no luck. So, I proceeded to just attack the canvas and experiment. I would say I started coming into my style about 4 years ago, but really have seen a stronger pattern of my direction in the last two years.

J: What do you feel is unique about your work?

JD: My art has a hazy or dreaminess feel that hopefully can give the viewer a sense of calmness. But…sometimes I like to throw in a punch of color to liven the piece.

J: When did you sell your first artwork?

JD: 2001.

Beneath the Surface | acrylic 24×24 $695

J: How do you promote and expose your work to potential buyers?

JD: I have a website. Once a year I open my studio. Show my art locally in galleries, group shows and festivals. I am also, represented on 2 online galleries (one being Xanadu).

J: What do you feel has been your greatest challenge in selling your work?

JD: Being prepared with “enough cohesive” art and a nice portfolio for presentation.

J: What do you feel you’ve been most successful at in your art, and in your art business?  

JD: I find I am more successful talking about my art when I am in my booth or studio. The help of having sales jobs in the past probably has helped me. Now I want to do less booth shows and concentrate on brick and mortar gallery presentation.

J: What other jobs have you held?

JD: I worked in sales and purchasing for 20 years in Restaurant Supplies and wholesale foods.

From a Distance | acrylic 24×36 $1,095

I worked part time at a gallery 2011-2014  I had so much fun working in this atmosphere and getting to know the artists. It was a busy gallery with its own 2 floor space connected to a great cafe. There were lots of customers and sales. I was so saddened to see the gallery close.

J: How much time do you spend in the studio on an average week?

JD: 15 hours, unless I am working toward a show, then that time increases.

J: Do you have a daily routine?

JD: Three times a week I like to work out at a fitness center in the mornings, so that leaves the afternoon for studio time. I enjoy painting in the afternoons and once the days get longer, my time will increase.

J: How much work do you produce per month on average?

Jodi’s studio (outside)

JD: 2-4 paintings.

J: Who is your favorite artist from art history, and which of their works is your favorite?

JD: Georgia O’Keeffe fascinates me. I liked her independence as a woman and a painter. She painted what & how she wanted to paint. She surprised the public with her style. The simplicity of her life and paintings as well as her style I find intriguing. She was also humorous and very kind.

As for her paintings, there are several pieces that are my favorites: Ranchos Church, Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses, Pelvis series, and several of the Red Hills series. I would be satisfied with any of those “originals” for my wall.

J: What are your interests outside of your art?  

JD: Family, gardening, walking the dog, traveling, visiting any desert, hiking, camping, reading, crocheting newborn baby caps for hospitals. In and around my studio I have a collection of animal bones which mostly have been found by my husband. We have a elk skull and antlers (attached) that he found in the wild. It is displayed on a deep terra-cotta painted wall in our entry of our home. I named it my Georgia O”Keeffe wall.

Jodi’s studio (inside)

 

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18 Comments

  1. I love the studio you and your husband built. Working in the gallery from 2011-2014 must have been a learning experience for you as an artist. Thanks for sharing your story. Beautiful abstract art.

  2. Great story that has lifted my spirits, I am also mostly self taught and in the Abstract vein as well. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Your paintings are beautiful and convey a sense of calmness and tranquility . though you interject bright colors here and there, there is a balance and harmony in the shapes and how the colors are interspersed. I, too am an abstract artist and those elements are very
    important to me. Thank you so sharing and continued good luck.
    CECILE BRUNSWICK

    1. 🙏Thank you Cecile, I feel we all need some calmness in our lives and do hope I can help the viewer travel on that plane of peacfullness.

  4. Nice work, calming feeling…
    It was good reading about other successful artists & their stories…
    I agree it’s our own individual journey, a passion and one step at a time… What inspires us.
    Cute studio, I see a connection with nature in her work & an successful building process to creating new paintings.
    I’ve discovered it’s totally up to us & what we do to direct our creative plan & how serious we to attack our work & our art as well as just how successful we really want to be… where & how serious we want to take our business vs just a hobby… Good to hear about her weekly plan. It the plans, such as what we do today affects tomorrow and tomorrow affects next week & next week affects next month and that month affects next year… And so on… And it really Works!
    I like that she has a a variety of sorces that helps boost her target market…
    It’s just that, an action plan & to be totally self modivated that takes you to success that motivates more success…
    I believe in A,b & c time in my plan:
    A art, do it !
    B brochures, books, business
    C coordination, organization & collect $
    Keep up the good work & working your plan.
    Noel Skiba

  5. Jodi!!! How great to read this and see your studio in print. I love how your work has evolved, and so quickly! and, the dreaminess you mentioned. Hope to see you ‘around’ some day soon! Light, Cherilyn

  6. I love these artist profiles Jason…. I get very inspired and validated by their stories. With Jodi, I feel we have travelled a similar path on our artist journey. I also love your work Jodi….. I don’t always get moved by abstract art but your work has beautifully achieved a dreamlike remembered place for me as a viewer.

    Thanks Jason and Jodi!

  7. Jason, Thank you for your interest in my art life and the opportunity to be interviewed and posted on your blog.
    The replies by other artists who follow Xanadu are very uplifting.
    We are all on this thrilling ride in the art world! 🖌

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