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Lovey Dovey | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado
Lovey Dovey | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado
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Meet The Artist: Jhina Alvarado

Picture of Courtney Holcomb
Updated: 24 April 2017
Meet San Francisco-based artist Jhina Alvarado – part-time calculus teacher, full-time painter. Her work has been featured in various international and national magazines, blogs, and art technique books, and is currently on display at San Francisco’s ArtHaus. Read on for our interview with her.
Bike Ride 30x30 (oil and encaustic wax) | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado

Bike Ride 30×30 (oil and encaustic wax) | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado

TCT: How would you describe your work to someone completely unfamiliar with it?

JA: The short answer is that I paint other people’s memories. The longer answer is I am a figurative painter who uses photos from the 1930s-1960s as a reference to create renditions of other people’s memories. The figures are painted in raw umber and white with a monochromatic background that is stenciled in. These paintings are then covered in encaustic wax which adds a yellow tint, much like the yellowing of old photos, while also creating a softness to the figures that represent the fuzziness of a memory that is almost forgotten.

Lovey Dovey 30x20 (oil and encaustic wax) | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado

Lovey Dovey 30×20 (oil and encaustic wax) | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado

TCT: What is the most unusual project you’ve ever worked on?

JA: I recently completed a 60”x80” portrait of a couple for their dining room. It was a massive panel that weighed a couple hundred pounds and the image only included the couple from the chest up. It took up most of one wall of my studio. Walking past this painting every day for a couple of months was very odd for me. It was like having giants watch over me as I painted.

Scalloped Bathingsuit 40x30 (oil and encaustic wax) | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado

Scalloped Bathingsuit 40×30 (oil and encaustic wax) | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado

TCT: What advice would you give someone trying to break into the business?

JA: Paint a lot. Paint all of the time, even when you don’t feel like it. The only way improve your skill and to get your work out there is to have a lot of work completed. You need to view being an artist like any other career. You have to show up every day and work on your art. You can’t just wait until inspiration hits.

Car Window 40x30 (oil and encaustic wax) | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado

Car Window 40×30 (oil and encaustic wax) | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado

TCT: What’s next for you?

JA: Painting and more painting. As much painting as I can get in while being a mom to two active ten month old boy/girl twins. It’s been a huge adjustment trying to have an art career and raise children. Sprinkle in some group shows, art fairs, and teaching AP calculus and you have a very busy person. I don’t have anything big coming up soon, but that never lasts long.

TCT: What’s your favorite museum or gallery?

JA: La Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy are two of my favorite museums to visit. There are way too many galleries that I like to list.

TCT: What artwork would you love to have in your living room?

JA: I would love to have a painting by Nicholas Wilton, Jane Hambleton, Alex Kanevsky, and Michael Cutlip. I have a pretty good collection of art in my home now, but these are the artists who I hope to some day own a painting from.

CJ Puma 24x24 (oil and encaustic wax) | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado

CJ Puma 24×24 (oil and encaustic wax) | Courtesy of Jhina Alvarado

TCT: How would you describe yourself in 80 characters or less?

JA: Mom, artist, math geek, driven, constant thinker, always moving, punctual, mostly organized

TCT: Apple or Android’

JA: Apple all the way!

TCT: Picasso or Matisse?

JA: Picasso, I love his Blue Period

TCT: Coffee or tea?

JA: Coffee, but only a cup a day

TCT: Hemingway or Nabokov?

JA: Neither, I’m more of a contemporary fiction kind of girl.

TCT: Rome or Paris?

JA: Paris, although I love Rome too.

TCT: Rock or folk?

JA: Rock, I used to play bass and sing in a band.

By Courtney Holcomb