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Today we’d like to introduce you to Jade Tomeny.

Jade, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I have always craved to create beauty that satisfies my imagination. My dad is a photographer and my mom is a graphic designer, so I have always been immersed in a creative atmosphere. I remember spending hours building sculptures out of the trash in my dad’s art studio, feeling proud when he would encourage me to keep creating. By the time, I was in second grade, I knew I wanted to be an artist when I finished filling my sketchbook with colorful and carefully shaded drawings. Throughout the rest of middle school, I took art lessons and created portraits with charcoals, soft pastels, and oil paint. After I started wearing makeup at 13, I grew to love the medium because it combined my love of drawing with drawing on real people. I started to experiment with makeup on myself, always inspired by editorial photography in the magazines.

In high school, I put makeup on my friends for the dances and plays, furthering my love for enhancing the beauty of the human face. I also did the makeup for my dad’s photoshoots. During my senior year, I decided to take photos of my makeup work to build a portfolio, and I realized that I liked taking photos of my models just as much as I liked doing the makeup. Ever since then, I have loved imagining concepts and turning them into realities through my photoshoots. I feel like I have all this pent-up creative energy, and one way I can get it out is through makeup and photography.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My makeup and photography are heavily inspired by high fashion editorials. I have always been drawn to bright colors, ridiculously unnatural makeup, avant-garde fashion, and experimental photography. First, I have a single concept that is like a rock in my shoe. I can’t get the idea out of my mind until I implement it into my work. Next, I gather my props, prepare my set, apply makeup on my model, style the outfit, take the photos, and then Photoshop the images. I enjoy the process of having a vision and carrying it through every stage of the project. I want to say that my work is an overflow of my emotions like most artists says but that’s not really how it is for me. I purely love creating scenes before me that would have never existed if I hadn’t created them.

Although my art is not emotionally saturated, my favorite part of the entire project is emotionally connecting to the models and members of my team. Being able to deeply connect with people in a profound way makes the entire process worthwhile to me. I believe that humans are inherently drawn to beauty because we are all searching for something that is the ultimate definition of beauty. I also believe that humans are the epitome of beauty in all of creation, so I find it extremely fulfilling to streamline the existing beauty that people naturally have. When I help someone to see themselves as unconditionally beautiful, that is the most rewarding part of my artwork.

How can artists connect with other artists?
Connecting with other artists may cure the loneliness temporarily, but an individual must have a deeply rooted purpose in life in order to be fully independent first. Find people that have the vision to create beauty while caring for you simultaneously. Invest time with artists that stretch you to grow in creativity, initiative, and your overall well-being. Walk with the wise and become wise.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My Instagram is @jadetomeny. Support my work by working with me or giving me tips!

Contact Info:

  • Address: #1024 820 N LaSalle Blvd, Chicago, IL 60610
  • Phone: 5025482012
  • Email: jadetomeny@gmail.com
  • Instagram: jadetomeny

Image Credit:
Clementine Wehe

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