We had the good fortune of connecting with Jade LaVarta and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jade, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
The biggest risk for me in regards to being an artist was opening myself up to an online audience via social media. I am not an avid user of any social platform, so taking this first initial jump was the scariest part of the journey!

My artwork has always been something I’ve kept private and exclusively to myself. The thought of posting in front of an online audience riddled me with anxiety, (it still does at times)!

But working through those anxieties has given me the chance to take part in some amazing opportunities throughout the art community that I never would have been able to experience otherwise!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What I would like people to know/take away from my art is how much appreciation and respect I have for wildlife and the wilderness they inhabit. I am a traditional artist, and I tend to rotate throughout many different mediums; the time-honored rawness of graphite and charcoal, the fine-lined detail of pen and ink, and the escape into the controlled fluidity of watercolor paints.

Getting to where I currently am in my creative journey has not been an easy feat, and I still feel like I’ve only started. I’m still working out the growing pains of figuring out “who I am as an artist”, but that isn’t too important to me as long as I am enjoying the process, everything else will fall into place.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I honestly wouldn’t even know where to start! Colorado is filled with so much beautiful scenery, and it would be worth spending an entire week-long road trip exploring this beautiful place; rolling hills, jagged mountain peaks, and all the forests and lakes in between. If my best friend were to visit, we would take our time exploring the wilderness, and checking out the vastly diverse ecosystems that make up Colorado. We would spend most of our time in the southwest region of the state, between my hometowns of Durango and Pagosa Springs where I always enjoy hiking, fishing, and camping!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If there is anyone I could dedicate this shoutout to it would be my long-time friend/mother figure, Denise. Denise had brought me in as her own when I was only 16. She would always push me to do better, and to go after what I wanted. When she found out that I enjoyed creating art, she heavily encouraged me to pursue any type of career that would utilize my talents.

She was there to help enroll me in art college, supported me at all of my events, and always shares and showcases my work whenever she can. Her unconditional love and support are what gave me the self-esteem and drive to take this next step in my creative journey, and I wouldn’t be where I am at today without her in my life!

Website: www.sincerelyjaded.com

Instagram: instagram.com/sincerelyjaded

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