I’m pleased to welcome Jaquelynn Gagne today. She is the quintessential go-getter and I imagine we’ll be seeing a lot of her in the coming years.
Jacquelynn Gagne is an obsessive compulsive author of all things paranormal and suspenseful. When she cannot be found in the real world she is usually found covered in paint, pastels or most usually words. Among writing, photography and art, Jacquelynn is also the cofounder and Editor in Chief at Ambrosia Arts and Midnight Hour Publishing. Her first book, Blood Rose, a paranormal romance was published yesterday April 1st of 2013.
Find the woman behind the madness here at, www.ambrosia-arts.com
From where do you draw inspiration? Everything. Nature, Music, friends and family, ads, movies. Pretty much everything in existence I can see the art in.
What is the hardest thing about your creative process? Finding time to get everything I want to do done. At one in the morning I will be editing, writing one of my books and wondering if I have time to paint before passing out. That’s usually a nightly routine.
Do you work every day, or only when inspiration strikes? Every day, generally from the time I wake up till the time I go to bed in some shape or form.
How do you feel about the current art market/art climate? I think it’s dwindling which is why I built the Ambrosia Arts company. We want to bring art back to everyone everywhere in a friendly and easily accessible form and help get the artists of the world really seen.
If you could change one thing about the art world today, what would it be? Nothing. I think the work itself is positively miraculous. I have met artists who can draw a portrait so perfectly you would swear it’s a photograph. All that I think should change is how it’s seen and handled in the industry.
Talk a little bit about your current project and why you decide to embark on it. I guess that’s Ambrosia Arts. Ambrosia was born of artists for artists. I’m a photographer, painter and writer and that’s just the interesting parts of my job that make me sound cooler than I really am! I adore our work with Ambrosia because of all the incredible people I have met, artists, musicians, writers, even people in the industry that absolutely blow my mind by the great work they do. Right now we’re focusing on publishing the Ambrosia Arts magazine and refocusing and beautifying and perfecting the indie world. With writers, we help edit, craft the art to visually beautify their works, help merge artists, musicians and writers together to create new and incredible things.
How does being a woman impact your work? I don’t think people doubt my abilities at all just because I am a woman. Generally it’s my age that shocks them. The one thing about being a woman that impacts my work is caring for my family. I have two children, a loving husband, and with that a lot of motherly, womanly responsibilities to my family. – Otherwise, I would say my work itself is impacted by the fact I am a woman and have the gift of a woman’s touch to give to my work.
If you had the chance to address a group of young girls, what would you say to inspire them? I actually will be speaking to a group of young ladies very soon and I am very excited to do so. I have also had previous experiences and I must say the youth of today is incredible. They’re aged beyond their years, and positively inspiring. And I would tell them just that, because they need to hear it. They need to hear how amazing they are every single day, all day long like a broken record. I would want nothing more than for them to believe in themselves and be happy with themselves and what they do. Be it art, music, writing, science, math, the youth of today is our future. We shouldn’t be so hard on them really.