10 questions with Janae Carrado
By Jen Wead
Do you listen to music while you create, and if so, what
is your favorite? I listen to lots of different things - it really
just depends on the artwork. Each painting has a different
vibe, so what I listen to will often vary greatly. I bounce between
Classical, Opeth, Odeza, Deftones, Trance, the Birthday
Massacre... I have really diverse tastes! I’ll listen to podcasts
as well, as it reminds me of being in college and having
a murmur of creative folks around me discussing their ideas.
I have been making
art all my life, but I started painting seriously when I was in
college. I was pursuing a BFA in Computer Animation at the
University of Central Florida and took a painting class as an
elective. At that point, I was hooked - I had painted before, but
something about smearing pigment around really scratched
an itch that digital art couldn’t do for me. After taking a year
off between degrees, I went back to UCF for my master’s de-
and I haven’t looked back.
Who or what in-
the most? How I come
up with ideas is really
an organic process.
Nature and the human
ences, but sometimes
music and song lyrics
will inspire a visual, as
will dreams. I spend a
lot of time taking pho-
are interesting for use
in future work. It can
bones discovered while hiking, etc., but I also spend a lot of
time looking through fashion magazines and Pinterest, looking
at images of fabric, the human form, and other things that
tickle that creative nerve within me.
Do you have
a goal with the
pieces that you
create? I usually
have a narrative
or idea that I want
but I don’t like
to do so plainly
so that the viewer
of the artwork
can come to their
about that they
— Photo/Paxton Maroney
be interpreted in many different ways by different people!
Which current art world trends are you following? I’ll
be honest, I try not to follow trends too much in my own art.
I keep an eye on what is happening in the art world, and I do
look to color trends (like Pantone’s Color of the Year), but I
prefer my images to have a timeless quality to them vs speak
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Reproductions of my artwork are available on my etsy shop.
sound cliché, but I look up to all females. I have so many powerful
women in my life and I am inspired by their strength
daily. I guess if I had to pick a single person, it would be my
great grandmother. She was a nurse during WWII, and had
a great sense of humor paired with a “take no shit get stuff
done” attitude, which I really admire. I think I follow a pretty
similar mantra these days.
More hours so
it can be longer? Ha! But seriously - lazy time in bed, leisurely
brunch with my husband, time to play with my dogs, and
hours of painting with my cat in my lap.
What do you hate? There isn’t much that I hate, honestly!
What is the single thing that brings you the most joy?
as I wanted it to. There are always struggles with any work
the end is beyond satisfying.
When it happens,
I hit this Zen-like
mentality that I can
ride for days. It’s like
a high without drugs,
and it makes me eager
to make more art
to chase that feeling.
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