He’s rocks a mean tattoo sleeve and rides a motorcycle, but he’s just as full of rooftop yoga handstands and energetic smiles. His dog wears a bandana as well as anybody. And lately, the psychedelic stylings of his vibrant, nature-driven painted patterns have garnered a lot of buzz across the Oklahoma City area. We were lucky enough to get a sit-down.. As always, we’re thrilled to have him.
T+L: Jason Pawley. Our dear friend. How are you?
JP: Fantastically well!
T+L: Delightfully, this show marks your fifth time on display at Tree and Leaf. What’s changed? Who or what are your newest influences?
JP: My work changes every day…. It's a constant, evolving process that shows new ideas every time I paint. Nature has always been a big part of my work…. its where i go to fill up and find grounding.
T+L: Speaking of nature, it shows up again in your biggest work to date. We know that you’ve already got the wheels turning on a massive mural. What can you tell us about working through the Artist Invitational Project to collaborate with Downtown Oklahoma City?
JP: (Smiles) Just that it's been great. They have been super helpful through the whole process.
T+L: How does the planning process change when you’re confronted with a giant, blank space for the public like that, versus, say, a painting in your studio?
JP: I've just had to adapt to the environment of the location. We do murals or large work at Tall Hill Creative every month… so it was just going bigger…. making a plan and letting it evolve. Its like live painting for weeks.
T+L: Speaking of Tall Hill, what’s happening around the studio space these days?
JP: We have shows the first sunday of every month. If I'm honest, I don’t think we even have an artist lined up for July yet… I guess you could say we try to keep things that fresh.
T+L: How are Titus and Arrow?
JP: You mean my two alter egos…. the old and the wild…. (laughs) They are doing well and are in need of a trip to the river…. It's hot here!
T+L: We love seeing their latest escapades on Instagram. With the ‘gram being a main squeeze for so many artists now, it feels more important to carve out a personality online, yours is one of our favorites. Can you tell us a little bit more about #LifeOfArrow and #WalksWithPawley?
JP: Me and my Arrow…. Well its our time to connect back to nature, be inspired, and just saunter. We are both just kids and want to play… so i make time for it!
You can see a collection of Jason Pawley's work at our store on 16th St in the Plaza all month, starting tonight!