Local Artist: Jasmine Worth

Article By: Jed Sanders
(right) Photo By: Darkman

Jasmine Worth is a creative chameleon of sorts with the ability to apply a keen artistic touch in everything she delves in. She is a brilliant painter who also dabbles in other creative endeavors such as modeling, film, and curating art events. Her work contains a mysterious allure; cute and bubbly characters greet you in the foreground of macabre scenes with murky, yet beautiful backgrounds. There is an eerie antiquarian flavor; Candyland meets Edgar Allen Poe.

Her creative sense stays true in her other work. In the world of fetish modeling, her photos are tasteful, artistic, and hold a similar resemblance in a balance of light and dark; the new and old.  Last December, we were able to speak to Jasmine after her “Ghost of Christmas Past” group art show at the Junc Boutique in South Park.

What inspired you to become an artist?
I have always loved watching cartoons, and they inspired me to try to draw my favorite cartoon characters. One of my first drawings was at age three of Fred Flintstone, and it was a darn good likeness if I do say so myself. Also, my father was an artist, which influenced my interest in the arts very much.

Have you attended art school? Were you satisfied with the experience?
I have a BFA from the Laguna College of Art and Design. I have also attended two ateliers and found them to be very satisfying.

What medium do you like to paint with?
I currently paint in oils. I love the versatility and the different styles that can be achieved with oils. I am always learning new things. You can paint in oils your whole life and never stop learning new ways to use the medium. I also enjoy painting with watercolors.

You have curated many group art shows at the Junc Boutique gallery in South Park. How do you feel about curating art shows and working with other artists?
Curating shows for Junc has been a lot of fun. I’ve met some great people, made a lot of friends, and have been introduced to a lot of local artists. It’s also given me the opportunity to come up with a lot of interesting themes for shows. It’s always fascinating to see how different artists interpret a theme.

Any good or bad experiences?
Mostly good experiences, although, there have been a few odd ones, as there always are when working with the public.

Any recommendations to other artists who would like to start curating shows?
I think finding the right venue is the most important part. Jeffrey Parish, owner of the Junc Boutique and Gallery, has always been really supportive of the art shows. He’s a great person to work with and always has a packed house for every art opening!

What do you like to do for fun?
I read a lot. I like to be outside and try to grow as much of my own food as I can.

What types of books do you like to read and who are some of your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors include Sue Hubbell, Diane Ackerman, Joanne Harris, and Daniel Quinn. I also love YA fantasy, and I really enjoy J.K. Rowling (of course), Angie Sage, and Kristen Cashore. The Seven Kingdoms is my favorite series out right now.

Are you a collector of art or any other interesting items?
I collect animal bones (humanely procured), old weapons, skeleton keys and strange antiques.

You have an impressive background in modeling, having worked with many photographers and even obtained some film experience. Would you care to share any interesting adventures or experiences you’ve had in the modeling world?
I’ve had a lot of fun working with some of the photographers and stylists. The video shoot with Billy Idol and Slash is one of my favorite experiences because I was an Idol fan growing up. I also really enjoyed making the movie Dark Reel. It was a fun experience, and we filmed in some pretty cool locations. I only wish I could have met Lance Henriksen on the set. I really admire some of the photographers I’ve worked with. It was great to be a part of their creative process. A couple of photographers whose work comes to mind are Chad Michael Ward and Aaron Hawking.

As a model and a visual artist, have these two careers ever conflicted with one another?
I think that occasional modeling has opened me up to meeting a lot of interesting people. Art is a very important part of my life, and I only model once in a while for fun. There would never be a conflict for me.  I will always choose my art.

You have been involved with art shows all over the country in some very prestigious galleries.  What do you consider to be one of the most notable shows that you have been a part of and why?
I think my four person show with La Luz de Jesus was probably the most exciting show I have been a part of. The gallery is run and staffed by amazing people, and all of my artwork sold. It was a wonderful experience and I hope to do many more shows with La Luz in the future.

Do you ever stop and wonder to yourself, “What the hell am I doing?”
No, [laughs] I don’t think I’ve ever wondered that specifically. If anything, I probably don’t keep myself in check often enough. I tend to daydream a lot.

In a previous interview, you explained how you felt that San Diego’s art scene could use a little boost. Could you expand on what you feel might be lacking and what, if anything, might help to improve this?
I do think that for such a large city we have a shamefully small art scene. Even the art shows that do happen seem to attract people more interested in the free alcohol than the art. There are some great galleries out there bringing art to San Diego; Distinction Gallery of Escondido, Subtext Gallery, and Limbo Gallery to name a few. And of course, I am happy to be a part of Junc’s efforts to bring art to South Park.

Many report that women in corporate America are still struggling for equality in the work place.  Being a woman in the art world who has participated in art events like the Grrrrrl Power group shows, do you feel that this carries over into the art world in any way?
There are some amazing female artists out there right now that are getting a lot of attention, and there are a lot of top galleries that are owned or run by women. I think it’s really wonderful and encouraging. I would say that most show lineups still have male artists as the majority, but I think that we are on the right track.  Hopefully, it will only get better.

If you could give an emerging artist any advice here in San Diego, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to submit your work to a gallery. Even if you start at the local coffee shop, it’s good experience. I think submitting your work to a gallery can often be daunting, and fear of rejection may hold some people back. No matter how wonderful an artist may be, everyone has been rejected at some point.  The important thing is to keep trying and keep working at your art.

Any upcoming shows?
I will be in a show at La Luz de Jesus in March. I’ll also be in a show with the C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice Beach at the end of the year. I always have art at the South Park Walkabout art shows every three months at the Junc Boutique & Gallery.

Thank you so much for your time.
More of Jasmine’s work can be seen and purchased online at www.JasmineWorth.com as well as her Etsy store: JasmineWorth.etsy.com. She also shows regularly in California at various galleries. Be sure to check out her website, which is updated regularly with event information.

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