We had the good fortune of connecting with Jill Malouf and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jill, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I didn’t set out to be an artist. I went to law school. I was always good at arguing (according to my parents). But I loved drawing house plans, design and anything creative. Then one day I snapped. Not really. First it was ambush decorating my friends’ living rooms. Then I couldn’t stare at the bare walls in my law office any longer. I talked to an artist friend, bought some art supplies and watched some abstract art videos. That’s when my life changed. In my gut I just knew. A big break came when I was accepted into a statewide juried art exhibition in my hometown of Dallas. It was held at a prestigious gallery, and my work sold on opening night! Since then, I’ve learned it only takes a few dedicated ‘cheerleaders’ in your life to change your trajectory. I still enjoy practicing law, and even more so, now that I’ve figured out what to do with all this creative energy. Many artists have day jobs that give them flexibility. For me, painting at night and on weekends – while listening to ’80s music – began to consume my spare time. And I LOVE it. A career as a professional artist has a lot of challenges. I’m a photographer, virtual reality guru, social media manager, framer, inventory specialist … on and on. Starting a business from scratch means you will be constantly tending to it, or else it’s just a hobby.Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I most often hear that my abstract paintings are soothing or calming. And that’s why I paint. I want to make people relax and feel good. Sometimes it’s a certain color palette or even a humorous title (like “Koi Fish Narcissist”). I’m proud of the awards I’ve received like ‘New Texas Talent’, Best of Show and First Place. My work is also displayed in galleries and commercial spaces. But when someone selects my art for their home – or wants a custom commission – it’s an honor to place my work in such a personal space. Every painting is a snap shot of a period of time in my life. There are some pieces I wish I had held on to for sentimental reasons. Others I’ve completely repainted over, only to then get asked whether the ‘underpainting’ was still for sale. Oops. Other lessons I’ve learned are that every painting is a reflection of me. Quality over quantity. I get stuck on some pieces, while others flow easily. It’s a give and take that I don’t always have control over.If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A walking tour of the galleries on Dragon Street in the Dallas Design District (Craighead Green, ALG Collective and others) Park + Eighth for original art and vintage home decor (Ft. Worth) Javier’s for Mexico City-inspired cuisine (Dallas) Dunston’s for an authentic retro steakhouse experience (Dallas)Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband Carter Malouf is my biggest cheerleader, along with other creatives who’ve encouraged me — Ronna Braselton (Space by RBI), Michelle Lynne (ML Interiors), John Defrance, Rusty Tether, Carley Boehm (Gallery 1401) and Christina Phillips (Park + Eighth).
Jill Malouf Fine Art