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Jim Jeansonne

Mixed Media / baton rouge, LA

Artist Statement

   I am an Acadian Louisiana artist. My interests are in the Louisiana wildlife, culture, and people of the State. My favorite mediums are sculpture, and fine art printmaking (etching, woodcuts, lithography, etc.),
  I was born in Louisiana, living in many different areas of the state. As a naturalist, the wildlife of Louisiana has been one of my  interests in subject matter for my art. Although, born in Monroe, my family roots are in the south Louisiana French Acadian culture that has had much influence on my life..
  Sculpture, especially wood, is usually a subtraction process in that you cut everything away that doesn't belong. It is always nice to know what you're looking for in the chunk of wood, but the wood sometimes tells me in what direction to go. It's almost as if the wood talks to me.  In most cases the end result is better than what I had in mind in the beginning. My sculpture not only represents what I am creating but it also shows the soul of the wood in the natural beauty of the grain and color.
   Printmaking is my most compelling medium. Even when working on a one color print I have to remember and work towards a picture that will be a mirror image of what I'm looking at. It's like having a surprise waiting for me. It becomes really interesting when working on a multicolor print. I have to visualize in full color what I want and work on each color block or plate with the other colors to be added. In each color printed I must know what the color will be when it is printed over the other colors. Depending on how I work the transparencies, there are numerous color combinations I can create. To me, the process is more intriguing than mixing each color on a pallet and applying to a canvas. In some cases I do some hand coloring of prints.
   I'm not an artist that does art in one sitting. I have to create a project over time. I think of something I would like to do and then proceed to go in that direction. I try to make my art tell a story of a captured moment, incorporating  however, some aesthetic movement. 

Biography

Born 7-19-41, Monroe, La.
Gr. at Sacred Heart of Ville Platte, La.
B.A. in Fine Arts at LSU
Graphic Artist:
     WBRZ-TV, Baton Rouge, La.
     Franklin Press, Baton Rouge, La.
     La. Highway Dept. Art and Model Unit
     LSU Dept. of Publications
Art Shows:
     La.State Professional Artist Show 1968
     Professional Artists Art Melt in Baton Rouge , 2009,2014,2015
     Lafayette La. Annual Art Show 2009
     Christus St. Patrick Art Show in Lake Charles
Baton Rouge Arts Council Artrepreneur Show 2014
Co-Founder of The Baton Rouge Art Gallery
Shown in various galleries and Art Markets in the Baton Rouge and St.Ffrancisville area.