We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaison Hollis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaison, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It seemed like the most natural path for me. When I ponder, what’s an intersection where my passion, my talents and abilities, my skills, overlaps with what the world needs and what I can be paid for. Creativity and artistry is what I was allured by.
Which seems natural to me. So much of what we utilize in a day-to-day life was created and crafted by creative and artistic people. Our cars, especially electric vehicles… envisioned by engineers and designers.
Our homes and buildings, envisioned by architects, carpenters, masons…
Coupling all that with a distaste for working a job with morals, values, and ethics incongruent with my own… my soul was empty.
There’s immense satisfaction in having a vision, idea, or desire that we go on to craft and fulfill. Bringing something to life and then for someone to pay for something born of your soul…. it’s exceptionally powerful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Painting is my religious practice. It allows a space for me to embrace mindlessness. To connect with a flow state where I’m completely present in what’s happening. It sometimes feels as if I’m in the front row seat of watching a painting come to life and it’s as though I’m not actually doing anything. If I’m in a fully relaxed state, every brush stroke is perfect because there’s no judgement about it.
I paint because I have glimpsed eternity. It’s an aid that allows me to cope with being alive. Everything is impermanent. In that perspective, life can seem meaningless. But apathy is destructive. And so it becomes imperative to find meaning in our own lives. Painting helps me to bring meaning to my own life, and coincidentally, meaning to the lives of those around me. I wish to help my fellow humans contrive meaning in their own lives.
I’m proud that I’ve ever finished a single painting. It takes a degree of sacrifice to show up to the same painting again, and again, and again … especially one that takes many months, even years, to complete. The transformation that the artist goes through to dance a piece to completion is insurmountable.
I don’t know that I hear that spoken of very much.
Recognizing the willingness for an artist to yield to the mystery that wishes to come alive within the canvas. It’s as though we relinquish the life and person we’ve become, so we may bear a painting to life. Like the painting is an accumulation of all we (the painter) have become in that moment of our life. We give it to the life of the painting. Once a painting is done, we are a different person than when we started it.
This is how I approach painting. I give myself to each painting, each painting giving its self back to dance with my own life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh gosh, I’m not much for planning. I like to let an adventure be spontaneous and surprising. Though, a couple spots and events do come to mind.
The Dallas Drum Djam on wednesday nights at the Green Elephant. One of my favorite weekly events. It’s a fabulous way to connect with community and spirit.
On Sundays at white rock lake, there’s an ecstatic dance meet up. A group of folks get together to dance for about an hour and a half. There’s specifically no talking during the dancing, which adds a real neat vibe to the dance.
Deep Ellum Art co is a fantastic venue with music and visual arts.
There’s a fire troupe called “Radiantsolz”. They’re always contributing to bodacious events. I would see if they had anything going on that week.
There’s also a low-key gallery and venue in south dallas called “Legacy of love gallery”. I would take the person to visit that place.
One of my favorite restaurants is Kalichandji’s. Which is part of a Krishna temple.
Oh! And of course we’d hit up some local disc golf courses!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Everyone I’ve encountered deserves a shoutout… though I won’t be able to recall all of them currently. So here’s just a few…
My parents, Les and Connie, for birthing me into this world and raising me, providing me every opportunity they were able.
My friends early in the process for encouragement in expressing my soul. Saša Milutinović, Chris Houston, Ethan Bouchard.
A dear friend and mentor, Michael Irish. He inducted me into the path of painting. He’s also sponsored me in numerous ways to help me grow and learn more.
Amanda Sage and the Vision Train community for keeping the lanterns lit to help guide the way.
My housemates Stephanie Bell and Sarah Dierking get a special shout-out for living with a living room full of paintings and tolerating the messes, and me.
Anyone in the DFW art scenes. Music scenes, dance scenes… there’s no way I can recount every person.
Peyton Baker Sarah Dierking