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Jaleh Afshar

painter
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Interview

2008

How did you become a artist?
I’ve been creating what I consider art as long as I can remember, however, the shift from doodling to a more realized approach of purposeful design came when I was in late grade school. By then, I was working at my artistic skills not just as a hobby, but also a preparation for a future career path. It was at that time that I began freelancing as a graphic designer.

Where are you from originally?
I was born in the San Fernando area of Los Angeles, California. After some drifting, I settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I’ve been here since.

Did you go to art school/college or are you self-taught?
I am currently earning a BFA at the University of Utah. Prior to college, I had been teaching myself PhotoShop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc. I had a primarily digital art focus up until the past two years, where I started to create predominantly traditional works.

Any advice or tips to novice painters?
Spec work will not help you advance your career.

What has been the most rewarding and challenging project you have worked on?
The most challenging projects for me are always personal promotional pieces.

What is your favorite portfolio piece? Why?
I have a special connection to all my works, but I am always the most enthralled by whatever piece I am currently working on.

What art or artist inspires you most?
I am always excited to see the new pieces by Mark Ryden, Kristian Donaldson, Daniel Clowes, and Craig Thompson.