We had the good fortune of connecting with Jazzmine “Rhyeseyes” Caron and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jazzmine “Rhyeseyes”, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Honestly, it was my friends and family who encouraged me to start my own business and sell my art. As many artists can relate, I didn’t have much confidence in my work at first because I only made art for myself. I didn’t expect anyone outside of my inner circle to witness my creations because at the time I was still set on becoming an actress. I would post my work on instagram, get a few likes, and move on to the next thing… until people actually starting showing interest in BUYING my paintings! I eventually sold a few pieces to various close friends and family and made my Instagram public so that my work could be shared by anyone. Then, more & more people contacted me wanting to commission their own painting to which I said “hell yes, I need the practice anyway”! This led to me making really fun stickers, polymer clay fruit earrings, and even ashtrays based on music and movies. I 100% wouldn’t be where I am today without the push and encouragement that came from my friends and family – they saw something in me and my work that I couldn’t see yet and I am still continuing to learn in every way that I can.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
If there’s something I am NOT really good at, it’s bragging about myself and my work. So let’s see how I do with this! I should mention that I have never taken an art or drawing class before. I was actually really into sports as a kid – I played basketball, soccer, volleyball, and baseball for most of my adolescence life. In middle school, I was then was introduced to acting and performing by my older brother, Alex. I already showed an interest in singing so this made it really easy for me to participate in the school’s musicals. High school is where I really found my passion for acting. I was in almost every play for those 4 years and even did some outside acting for small local indie films, but that was the extent of my acting career. Upon graduating, I decided to go to college to become a social worker like my dad. I know you’re probably thinking that those are two completely different life choices and you’re absolutely right! But if you know me then you know that I don’t just stick to one thing, I love learning new skills! Apart from enjoying sports and acting, I was also that student who doodled on every single piece of homework, test, and project that I had. I started painting on canvases when I was about 15 and at the time it was only a side hobby for me. I wasn’t very good but hey, it helped pass the time by. Eventually, I became very influenced by trippy, psychedelic art that you might see during counter culture in the 60s and 70s. The use of bright, neon colors was very different from the type of art I was used to seeing such as classic artists like Da Vinci and Frida Kahlo (whose face is tattooed on my left arm). I started experimenting with this style of “lsd art” and ultimately found my niché. I definitely can’t say that I have mastered or coined this style of art, I still struggle to this day deciding what type of artist I want to be. It’s hard not to compare yourself to other talented artists, we always want to be the best we can be but how can we do that when we sometimes lack the confidence? I have learned a few lessons along my journey: 1. Not everyone is going to like your work. You can’t please everybody but as long as you please yourself then that’s all that matters. 2. It’s okay to be in an “artist’s block”! Creating art is not all about the end result, it also entails research, reading, going to museums, networking, traveling to find inspiration, and most importantly- failing over & over again. And 3. Don’t be afraid to try different mediums. As an artist, no one can put you in a box (only you can do that). If you’re only used to using acrylics but are interested in expanding your skills, feel free to run to the Micheal’’s store and buy oils or watercolors or molding clay or stuff to crochet/knit! The list goes on, but you get the idea. I haven’t thought much about what I want the world to know about me and my brand because I am honestly still trying to get to know myself as an artist – but if I had the ability to address the world I would say that I want to be known and remembered as a risk taker who attempted it all. There is so much that I haven’t learned and with the amazing support of those around me, I know that I can achieve my dreams.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wow, this is a hard one! LA is such a hotspot for cool and fun events and although there’s many places I haven’t discovered yet, I have a few favorites.

If you’re looking to go on a nice stroll and check out cute shops then I would suggest the downtown areas of Pasadena, Whittier, & Long Beach (2nd st, 4th st, Belmont shore).

If you’re looking for night life, then of course I have to suggest West Hollywood! There’s countless bars and clubs to choose from, especially if you’re apart or an ally of the LGBTQ community!

KCRW’s Summer Nights has to be one of the best events I have ever been to. DJs from the radio station (located at Santa Monica college) throw big music parties at various LA locations. My favorite is the one located in Chinatown!

My favorite local beaches include Bolsa Chica (fire pits), Seal, Manhattan, & Redondo!

As far as food: The Boiling Crab (Alhambra, Rosemead), Tacos Raul (Downey, Bellflower), Yellow House Cafe (Los Angeles), & Open Sesame (Long Beach)

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout is dedicated to my family and friends! Y’all were my first “fans” and without your kind words and motivation, I would not be making the kind of art that I am making today.

I also want to dedicate this shoutout to all the self-taught artists out there who are just starting out like me – this stuff isn’t easy but your art deserves to be seen!

Website: https://www.rhyeseyes.com/

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