We had the good fortune of connecting with Jillian White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jillian, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
As I learned more about the world of working a 9-5 job, I quickly realized it wasn’t for me. I never enjoyed working for anybody and I have always had a very inconstant schedule, so making my own hours and being my own boss is my main ambition.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art has a very unique and distinct style to it. As I learn to be more patient and get more intricate with my artwork, it brings me closer to finding out who I am as a person. Sometimes I’ll be in the mood to make Hamsas and Mandalas, then sometimes I’ll make Shibari or erotic themed. All of it is black and white and it’s all done using fine liner pen/marker. An obstacle I have to learn to overcome is patience. Everything I do on my canvas or paper is permanent, so messing up and having to start over is inevitable. The more I got comfortable with trusting my own abilities and learning patience, the less this has seemed to bother me. My art has a feminist overtone and is meant to empower the viewers.
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?
My friend and I got amazing drinks and food at this rooftop bar in downtown Fort Lauderdale called Sparrow. The interior is beautiful and the outdoor area is great for photos.
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?
I wouldn’t have the confidence or motivation I have today if it weren’t for my family always being my top supporters. Finding real support is very difficult for artists and if it weren’t for them helping me as much as they have I wouldn’t have gotten this far.
All images shot by me