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July 28th, 2012 - 11:16 AM
In addition to being a talented painter and glass artist, Jessie Novik is a 3rd degree black belt!
Novik has been working as an art educator and karate instructor since graduating with her B.F.A. in Painting, Sculpture and Video Art from Alfred University in 2009. She is passionate about her career as an educator, and when asked about her experience says "I love teaching art because I feel a great sense of fulfillment when I know I have made a positive impact on a child's life...When I teach, its all about the kids. I remove myself from my ego and seek only to enhance their skills and experience. When a child hugs me or gives me a piece of their artwork as a present, the feeling is more rewarding than selling a painting"
She continues, "I love to find talent in students who didn't know they had any, and encourage them to develop the inherent gift that they might possess. The confidence and feeling of specialness that comes with having artistic talent can truly enhance one's quality of life, so I feel wonderful when I help someone discover that." Novik, who also has a strong interest in abnormal psychology says the thought patterns and behaviors of her young students help her answer important questions about her own creative pursuits. She will begin studying for her Master's in Art Therapy at Pratt in the fall.
Novik has kept equally busy showing her artwork consistently throughout Connecticut and New York over the past five years. Coming off the heels of a two person show (with Michael Johnston) at Norwalk's Factory Underground, she will be bringing paintings made with oil, acrylic and watercolor to the Peter Lawrence Gallery in Gaylordsville, CT this August. "I like to touch and smell my materials and use my fingers so that I am connected with my work visually and kinesthetically. My favorite medium is oil paint because the process of layering paint with thick pigments and mediums makes me feel like I am sculpting on canvas. With oils, I love to experiment with different textures and different tools for mark-making, like pressing glass on a wet a surface and removing it to create a veining pattern."
She studied for one semester at the Australian National University School of Art. Travel to here, and other exotic locations has consistently been a major source of inspiration for her modern, surrealistic work.
Her watercolor painting "Cuzco" (pictured) Novik says was inspired by paintings that she bought while traveling in Peru. "I bought several watercolor paintings from street vendors for less than five dollars each. All of the paintings sold by different artisans within an area were painted in the same style, and you almost couldn't tell them apart. I studied their color harmonies, compositions and line qualities. Then I set out to paint in that same way using my own photos from my trip as a reference. Everywhere I go, I try to buy some original artwork so that I can learn from their style. I also like to learn about the history and mythologies of their culture. I love to study religion and usually I have some narrative to go with my paintings that bring them to life while I work on them. "Cuzco" encapsulates my adventures in Peru...I guess all my work depicts some kind of internal adventure, real or imaginary, as I attempt to freeze and capture it in a single frame."
"Art is Timeless" a two person show featuring paintings by Jessie Novik, and sculptural clocks by Michael Johnston will be on display at The Peter Lawrence Gallery in Gaylordsville, Ct. from August 3 - September 2, 2012.
There will be an opening reception with the artists on Sunday, August 5 from 1-5 pm. The reception is free, and open to the public.