From the Artist

I believe there are two basic camps of artists working today, those who create for themselves, or “ art for art’s sake” and then those who create for a market. It is an interesting contrast these two factions make.

Those who create for themselves find subject matter and style that reflects their personal interests and values. The work tends to be a reflection of themselves and what they hold dear.

Conversely, those who create for the market find subject matter and artistic style that will keep them in the “flavor of the month club”. I call it tabloid art because the work is often intended to shock audiences in any way possible, in this way they stay on the front page.

I can only hope that after viewing my work and coming to know my history you will find me in the art for art’s sake camp.

The first body of work I created was largely wildlife and western art. It is a major part of who I am. I grew up hunting, fishing and riding horses in the hills and creek bottoms around my Utah home. I am fascinated with everything in the outdoors, from the rocks, trees, grasses that line a trail, to the majestic bull elk answering the call to battle.

Wildlife and nature in general have so much to offer us mentally, physically and spiritually. It is no wonder there are so many artists trying to capture its essence and so much acceptance from the public. There will only be more and more reason in the future to tell the stories of nature as there becomes less and less of the real thing throughout the world.

Western art has very much the same appeal to me as wildlife art. Here again there are lessons to be learned that can speak to us on every level. With stories to draw from like the wagon trains that crossed thousands of miles on foot, to the rancher who carefully brings down the one stranded lamb he found high up on the skyline. There will never be enough artists to tell the stories of the west and to share with the world the values of that era.

In 1999 I became an art educator and I currently teach Sculpture and Ceramics to high school students. The great thing about teaching is it provides me with the autonomy I need to develop a portfolio of work that is completely mine. I don’t have to sculpt the “in” subject of the month to keep bread on the table. With that said, I believe my portfolio demonstrates a great variety of work from wildlife to my latest body of work which is Military Veterans Monuments.

I have treated themes that are derived from history, sports and religion and these will likely become more prevalent as my own maturity dictates. I thank you for taking the time to look at my work. I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

~ Jerime Hooley

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