We had the good fortune of connecting with Inci Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Inci, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
The greatest pleasure a mother could ever have is being a caring and thoughtful parent that remembers the positive and the negative of one’s own childhood. My daughter was a blessing to me from the very day I found out I was pregnant. Then when she arrived, it changed my whole world, and I must say greatly for the better. She is now an adult and I often reflect back on all the various changes that took place between her and I as she went through her childhood, pre-teen and teen years. Early on I discovered she had knack for creative thinking and making all the elements coalesce. I have always been artistically aware and have lived the life of a creative person, not only painting but writing. I have a niece who has a couple of children, one is very creative and the other has virtually no interest (at this time). I know we can’t choose the kind of personality we want our children to have. But if you’re lucky enough to have a child that is creative, starting with the earliest of crafts all the way to writing, drawing and painting. You as a parent have the opportunity to guide them with tons of love and encouragement, then you indeed are very lucky. A fond memory for both me and my husband was when we took our daughter to Paris. She was 12 years old and for her, in the beginning it was a little overwhelming. We decided to explore the Louvre, after all when it comes to art you can get a pretty good education through the many, many galleries they offer. At first, she was overwhelmed by, if nothing else, the grand scale of the place. Then I took her to a room where they had paintings that were on the smallish side and we chatted about what she was seeing. And all of a sudden, I could see that she was becoming more animated and she lit up with excitement. We had some really good conversations. The more time we spent there her questions became more informed and tougher for me to answer. I guess we both ended up getting quite an education on the wonderful world of art and creativity.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The art form that I embrace takes art to a new level of an imaginary place and time. For me, my art has become more of a spiritual experience for the viewer. There are no reference points in the artwork. Even shapes are undefinable, so there are no expectations. This invites the viewer into a state of getting their mind and soul into the spiritualness and feeling of the artwork, instead of preconceived perceptions. It has been a period of self discovery and maybe can best be described as a better way of tuning into my own spirituality. Every work of art now has a deeper meaning and connection. Even after I visit a work I completed months ago, I seem to reconnect more at an emotional level than I actually did when I created it. My vision was to re-invent and project a dream-like view of the world, full of color and wonder; without any borders, rules or expectations. Each piece of art becomes its own world. Common places and ordinary things take on a whole new meaning. Reminiscing back to the days when “pretending” was included into your daily routine and now has become a long forgotten memory as you reached adulthood. Paint and images on canvas are transitioned, lines are blurred or completely removed into a dreamlike spiritual state to project the essence and emotional signature. I developed my art process over a three year period. Syncing my photographic images with various art mediums. The artistic statement that I envisioned took a lot of experimenting. With the different iterations the artistic expressions evolved. I have now created my own art process that is uniquely different and have received significant positive feedback and notoriety. Although not in the conventional realm, the art that I create conveys the emotional and spiritual aspects of life all around me. Locations become less of “the model” and more of a real “breathing & soulful” experience.
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?
Besides my other favorite spots to eat -One of my all time favorites happens to be the craft service table during a filming. Production companies know how to snack. If that wasn’t readily available, I would venture on to anyplace that has good quality seafood. And for a short trip out of the city, San Pedro is a pretty good place to go. Unfortunately some of the best places aren’t open right now, but when they do, my family and I will be heading there with forks in hand. When friends come a visiting and they want to get out of SoCal, I take them to the Flying E Ranch in Wickenberg, Arizona. And if you hit it just right, you can even ride a horse and round up cattle on a real cattle drive. There’s nothing like their cookout with steak. There is always something there if you are vegetarian. If some of my literary friends come in, we head to Huntington Library. If you like literature, as they all do, this is like going to the Musee de Orsay if you are an artist. I highly recommend their tea room. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Much is owed to my parents, my Mom Semi, because she taught me at an early age to be creative and think creatively. She supported me in every endeavor that I had with encouragement. I especially was glad that she encouraged me and supported me when I wanted to become professional singer. My Daddy, James because of his kindness and bravery. He was in all four branches of the military and helped to protect our country. I learned integrity and what it means to be loyal and especially to be responsible for my own actions. My husband Rod, who is a very talented creative person in his own right, has always been there for me. With words of encouragement, especially during those times when I wasn’t reaching my creative goals. He and I have been very fortunate that we’ve had the opportunity to work together for over 30 years. From the early days of running a photography business all the way to our current team efforts with our podcast. We are chatty people and never seem to run out of things to say to each other. If one is down, the other always knows how to create a room full of happiness. My daughter Sierra – not only do we have a wonderful mother/daughter relationship, but now that she is a married adult, we have the opportunity to share our creative thoughts and ideas in building our businesses. I’ve learned a lot from her. She intially started me out in the world of social media. Which turned out to be an excellent way to showcase one’s creative output. And I’m proud to say, she looks to me for guidance on how to be a good wife and survive in the challenging times we live in.
Other: Thought Row podcast : https://thoughtrowpodcast.com/
Rod Jones Artist