Artist Jenny Pivor shares a selection from her Jazzed series, using colorful photographic composites of musicians transposed with nature images. See more by visiting her website.
For me, art is an exploration where I navigate the unknown. I’m not really sure what I am going to discover.
Sometimes, when I set out on a “good trail,” it is an all engrossing adventure.
I have various sorts of images that interest me as a place of departure, such as music, nature, old cars, animals and street photography, which can be viewed on my website. Here, I am featuring my Jazzed images, originating from my collection of photos of musicians.
I began painting these images when I became involved with a group called the North Shore Jazz Project. I had the opportunity to hear a lot of jazz as well as meet the musicians.
I found that their music truly moved me. Being an artist, I wanted to find a way to visually interpret those feelings.
I create these images by combining them in Photoshop with other unrelated photos of shapes and colors. I am experimental with technology, combining it with what I already know about painting. I’m looking to create something unique with an entirely different look and message.
I draw some of these random images from nature, for instance, a photo of a flock of birds taking flight. Once I make a composite of these images, I put them into Illustrator for simplification. Or I add them to Fresco on my iPad where I paint them with a stylus.
Lately, I have been painting them in oils and then reblending those images with new photos of musicians to achieve a painterly effect.
I’m always looking for the unusual. I consider my background as a painter, and the works of my favorite artists as I work: David Hockney, Gustav Klimpt, Henri Rousseau and Edward Hopper. These artists all employed strong compositions, often with large areas of flat color, balanced with pattern and smaller shapes.