We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Adkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My main goal to starting my own business was to be able to paint everyday. Within that artistic process came other variables such as decision making/ conflict, experimentation, networking, and building ideas that bounce off one another. It was more about freedom more than anything else.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m not sure if anything really sets me apart from others other than that I know what kind of art I’ve seen, be it in galleries or museums, and that I have enamored myself to the point that I don’t want to make anything anyone has ever seen before. My studio operation is more about tools than the paint itself. I make my own tools in my shop, just like an artist has their own technique. The only way to get anywhere is to paint everyday, and let things fall apart in a painting, or come together. I’ve learned that knocking on doors and being persistent is the only way to go. I always have lines in the water. And they are everywhere. The world to know? I’m not a brand, I’m a human being. I make beautiful things out of my head. Sometimes they sway back and forth, sometimes they jump up and down. Sometimes they’re calm. They’re not dashy and full of color. They’re minimal and to the point. They are a mood.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, I’d definitely take them to Paradise Valley Burger Company and to The Sicilian Butcher (for the charred octopus) to eat. Then maybe drive through Tonto National forest to pop into the river and wet our feet. I enjoy wide open spaces without seeing any houses, so we’d also head north to the original Route 66. I can appreciate the culture here in Scottsdale/ Phoenix, but I need space. I get more connected by seeing nature, landscapes, and the colors I see. That’s what grounds me.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The person that I owe all of this to is my fiancé, Cristina Correas. She and I discussed this decision/ opportunity for many months. She convinced me that life was short and ultimately believed in my talent, persistence, and creative mind. When we are talking about life in general, she usually ends with, “You’re different”.