HST: Your work is a very solid mediums right, original acrylic paintings on wood or masonite panel. Do you feel this process adds to the paintings general style and final feel?
JBG: I do – I think that working with very physical substrates like acrylics and wood panels gives a lot of my work a feeling of depth and substance. Creating a painting layer by layer with my hands sometimes feels more like building or sculpting (on a very 2-dimensional scale of course!).
HST: The woman are always very stylized with exaggerated features. Is this a purposeful effort. Are you saying something here about woman in general, or rather a personal style of drawing?
JBG: : Most of my work is heavily stylized intentionally. It is somewhat an exaggeration of how I naturally tend to draw – a lot of my characters are somewhat caricatures of myself, self-portaits of a sort. I think a lot of artists tend to paint themselves to one extent or another and the features I identify with myself are amplified in my paintings.
HST: I love the historical and cultural mashes with the cutesy wide brim faces of your females, the placement and setting of time is classic in a surreal way, would you agree?
JBG: absolutely – I like to think that a lot of my artwork takes place in a surreal/dreamlike setting that is very much outside of normal time & space. While some elements are realistic or may hearken to a specific era, I like to juxtapose them with contemporary influences or complete fantasy/fairytale themes. That’s part of the fun of painting, getting to illustrate situations that couldn’t really happen, and getting to portray them in a way I find beautiful.
HST: You have work all over the world, in many galleries, how do your husband Matt and your cats deal with being assosiated to such a wanted woman?
JBG: Ha! Well, the cats actually get to be a part of it – they often go along with us on the road – they are well-traveled for cats. Matt is however a very integral part of my operation – he’s up before dawn everyday building stretcher boards for canvases, framing paintings, loading the van for gallery deliveries, processing orders, etc. He is a workhorse and takes care of the physical side of moving the product so I can focus more on the actual creation/painting side of things. It’s a lot of work & sometimes unwanted stress on him but he enjoys being able to work at home, with his wife all day!
HST: You love animals and the mythological, what would be a perfect hybrid of a mystical animal and an animal of real life?
JBG: : Oh wow – how about an octopus-dragon – nothing could defeat him!