Meet LA musician Jess Krichelle by [Alison Kenney] on 01/20/16 in Lipsum, Numminy

Meet LA musician Jess Krichelle who draws portraits of your favorite female singers. Get to know her in our artist spotlight interview…

SSH: Where are you from and how did you get to where you are now?
I grew up in Caldwell, Idaho and moved to Los Angeles to pursue film when I was 18.

SSH: How would you describe your artistic style?
I feel like my style is constantly changing and I’m always discovering new directions to take my art. I would say recently that I have been into creating realistic portraits with striking colors. Even ditching the realism for manic line work in my portraits can be fun.

SSH: You’re also a musician! Would you find playing music sonically impacts creating your paintings?  
I am! Music is probably the biggest inspiration in my life. I do take a lot from what I listen to and apply it to my pieces. More so the colors than the realistic aspects of my portraits are influenced by the type of music I’m listening to.

SSH: What music, other artists, or books are most influential to you right now?
Stylistically and personally, David Bowie has been the most influential artist of my life. So much of who I am is derived from him. Kate Bush has also been a very big influence on my overall artistic approach.

A book that I read a bit ago called The Depth of Perception also heavily influenced me as a person which helped me be more open to trying different styles of art I may not have been comfortable with prior.

SSH: What’s on your playlist right now?

Some of my top tracks on my playlist are:

Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide - David Bowie (David Bowie Live album)
P.Y.T. - Michael Jackson
What is Love - Howard Jones
Casket - Geneva Jacuzzi
Electricity - OMD
And Kate Bush always makes it onto any playlist I create.

SSH: Whom did you text last and what was it about?
I text my amazing friend Olive to let her know that we left to grab coffee and would be back soon in case she woke up and we weren’t around.

SSH: At the end of the day, what makes you happy?
I’m happy when I’ve been able to creatively express myself during the day, but I’m happiest knowing I’ve talked to my family back in Idaho and can fall asleep next to a pretty rad person after a day full of accomplishments. I’m only missing my puppy (back home in Idaho) snuggling me at that point.

Check her out on her Instagram!