Jet Bailey is a freelance fine artist based in the South West of England. She specialises in painting and have focused on creating art around her passion in motorcycling.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
In my paintings I try to capture as much detail and realism as I can of the image I am working with, but I would also describe my style as bold and colourful. I like to try and make images that pop when they are on the wall or in a frame. I like to try and focus my paintings on different aspects of motorcycle culture, and the people involved in it.
ASIDE FROM MOTORCYCLE ART, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO PAINT?
I really love painting portraits, and learning more about the people behind the bikes, so I hope to incorporate this more into my work in the future. I am always up for a challenge and in the past have done landscapes, animals and other types of paintings too.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT PAINTING MOTORCYCLES?
Painting motorcycles has really enabled me to combine my two passions naturally, but I have also really enjoyed learning the unique stories and creativity of owners, builders and riders around the world. I have found that my paintings have enabled me to meet and speak with so many incredible people, and it is so refreshing to see their passion and interest in their motorcycle and the motorcycle culture.
IS THERE A STORY BEHIND THE NAME STOKE AND BEAR?
Not really an interesting one! There are two sides to Stoke and Bear - the art and also building motorcycles, so I needed two names in one!
WHAT DO YOU FIND DIFFICULT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY?
I guess I can find it difficult to keep to a good routine and need to remind myself it's OK to have some down time. It's important to take things at a pace that feels right, and sometimes it can be difficult to consistently make work! I have found that there are so many incredible artists out there that it is important to have a good network around you.
WHICH PIECE OF WORK ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
Probably the recent Motorcycle tank I painted. I hadn't ever painted a tank before, only canvas, helmets and skateboards. I was really pleased with the result and it pushed me to challenge myself more.
WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING?
I think what keeps me going is the continued support of those who follow my process and work. They have always been so supportive and that really helps in making me want to keep creating new things. I also think that art is so powerful, it can impact people in so many different ways, as well as being very therapeutic. My love of art definitely keeps me going.
BEST COMPLIMENT YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED ABOUT YOUR WORK?
Someone once said that they had studied my work as part of an art exam they were doing! That was a pretty amazing compliment!