We had the good fortune of connecting with Jada Rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jada, what do you attribute your success to?
One important factor behind my success is definitely authenticity. Staying true to my brand and style. When you’re an artist your work won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and that is perfectly okay. I’m passionate about my art but there were many times I didn’t know if I would be able to do this full time. Stick to your guns and keep pushing. You never know what is right around the corner and it might be all the success you ever dreamed of!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art has majorly evolved over the years. I finally settled into my style that combines pop art, street art, and illustration. I occasionally try new or unfamiliar styles on projects to challenge myself as well. The project I am most proud of is the sharpie truck I did about 3 years ago. I spent over 250 hours (and countless sharpies) drawing on a truck for SEMA in Las Vegas. We had an extremely short deadline so it was challenging mentally, physically, and artistically. It was a once in a life time opportunity for me, especially in my industry. One lesson I’ve learned along the way is that you always have room for improvement. My work has evolved every single year. After doing this for 10+ years now you can really see the growth from the beginning to now. I hope my clients can see how much I pour my heart and soul into every single piece and project.
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 want to start by saying I love this city. Funky town is exactly that…FUNky. I like to start my weekend with a gourmet grilled cheese at The Bearded Lady. Then hop over to Southside Cellar for an amazing craft beer selection. Probably go by Docs Records for some vintage finds as well. Brunch at Horseshoe Hill would be a must also. Martin House and Maple Branch breweries would also be on the list. If you find yourself in the city on the 3rd weekend of the month don’t miss Lola’s rock and roll rummage sale. Tons of local vendors and cool finds. Don’t forget one of the best burgers in town at Lakehouse. Bonus points: you get a beautiful view of Eagle Mountain Lake. Lastly, stop into Nickel City for a lunchbox (thank me later).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my college art professor, Jeff Wheeler. All those still life drawings and charcoal projects that I struggled with really paved the way for my art. They were solid foundations that I needed to move forward. Above that, he taught us many tips and tricks to get through a piece when we’ve hit a wall or road block. I didn’t notice the magnitude of what I was learning at the time but in retrospect I am so grateful for all of the art classes I had the opportunity to take. I’d also like to shoutout my husband, Adrian. He worked overtime so that I could keep painting and allow my business to grow over the years. Without that support I don’t think I would be where I am today.