Where is home for you?
I live in south Florida now but was born in North Carolina.
I have created art for as long as I can remember. As a child I loved to draw, color, paint, sew, crochet anything that was creative. My Carolina grandmother was very creative and made daily life so interesting. There was nothing she could not do.
Are you currently represented by a gallery?
I am not represented by any gallery, I self promote my work.
What is your preferred Medium?
My favorite medium is really 2 fold. I love acrylic paints and paperclay. I like to work in both at the same time as one inspires the other.
I am most inspired by obscure folk artist not in the main stream. Those who produce art by any means possible. Without conventional tools and supplies and non conventional subjects.
My typical day consist of some form of work in my studio which was once my living room but has been consumed by my work. Even if I don't actually do work I am researching some form or listening to inspirational music.
I love your series on the Blue People. Can you tell us more about the project?
I have always been enthralled with Appalachia. The people the music and such. I would sit and listen for hours while my granddaddy played the banjo. While researching more about Appalachia I discovered the "Blue People Of Troublesome Creek" They captured my heart and I needed to bring them to life. I will be doing that for some time as I have endless ideas for paintings and dolls I want to create based on them.
Thelma so far is my favourite painting of yours. How did she come about?
Thelma is based on women who hung around the beauty shop where I worked as a newlywed. She is named after my grandmother. They are polar opposites and I found that comical. My grandmother was a staunch baptist and tea-totaler.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration is mountain people and their music. I adore the Appalachian sound and its people and am inspired by their stories.
The one color I could never do without is RED......It is my bloodline in my work.
What’s next for Joji Roper Todd?
I never know what is next. Working on the mountain folk and blue people give me plenty of satisfaction for now. I do not think their stories will ever run dry, and hopefully neither will my art.
Have a wonderful evening!