Cori Jaye Elston is an extremely talented artist from Winnipeg, Canada. She expresses her art via the medium of paint using vibrant colors and textures to make her visual stories come alive.
Despite her busy schedule, we got a chance to ask her some questions about her art and her journey to living her dreams as a full-time artist.
Read on to gain some insights, inspiration and get an eye-full of beautiful art!
Simply Chrissy: When did you first get into art? When did you know you were truly passionate about art and you really loved it?
Cori Jaye: I was born an artist. From as far back as I can remember I always loved to play with colour – in all forms. As a child I beaded, I sewed, I worked with clay, I cut and pasted, I coloured – the list goes on. I loved everything art related.
I always knew that I was passionate about art, but it wasn’t until my adult life that I felt I could be an artist as a career. I was always lead to believe that wasn’t possible growing up.
Simply Chrissy: How does your passion for art contribute to your overall sense of well-being? Have you ever turned to painting during difficult times to help you cope?
Cori Jaye: Painting is a form of expression and I believe any type of expression is healthy. People need to be able to express themselves freely, and for me my voice is my art. I find it very meditative and it is really a way for me to both relax and energize. I can paint for hours and never feel depleted — I only feel pumped up! Before I was painting as a career, I could turn to my art in times of strife, and I always emerged feeling better.
Simply Chrissy: Lots of people worldwide work jobs they hate just to pay bills, put food on the table, take care of their families/themselves and survive. Often times that job has absolutely nothing to do with that person’s life purpose. Continuously working a job that person hates can kill them slowly, whether they recognize it or not.
Tell us about your journey going from working a regular job to making your passion your full-time career. What fears or doubts did you have making the transition and how did you overcome them?
Cori Jaye: I worked as a marketing manager for a large company before I decided to take the leap and do art full-time. I dreaded getting up in the morning, I dreaded going to work and it just got to the point where I felt like life was no longer worth living if this is how I have to spend my time. I knew in my heart that I had a gift, and I felt I was doing myself and the world a disservice by not sharing it. I decided I no longer wanted to be a slave to someone else and that I needed to take charge of my own time and my own life. Anytime I felt fears arise about moving forward, I would ask myself “Is this where I’m meant to be?” and I would relax into the answer always being, yes.
Simply Chrissy: What message(s) are you trying to communicate to the world with your art?
Cori Jaye: I want to share stories of love and power with the world.
Simply Chrissy: Everyone dreams of being ‘something’ when they grow up. But, life happens and tends to take a lot of people in a different direction, far away from their dream for themselves. For anyone out there still wanting to pursue their dreams, but has either a lot of fear and/or life obstacles in their way – what words of encouragement can you offer them to ‘Go for it!’?
Cori Jaye: It’s never too late to follow your dreams. If you aren’t quite at the stage where you are ready to take the plunge, you can always begin to plan for it. Start creating a savings fund or working towards your goal in your spare time.
Simply Chrissy: Do you have any current classes going on or events coming up?
Cori Jaye: “Mystical Furry Friends” will be at Assiniboine Park in the Pavilion Gallery kicking off May 20th, 2018 until August 23rd, 2018. The show will feature paintings following the animal adventures at the park. I’d love for you to check it out 🙂
Simply Chrissy: How can people get in touch with you and/or follow your social media?
Love and Power!
Did you find this interview insightful? Can you relate to some of the things Cori Jaye was saying? Do you think about your own dreams and life purpose? Are you working towards them or have you given up on them and yourself? Do you know what you want? Are you listening to your heart? Do you have self-awareness? Is your intuition talking to you? Do you know your life’s purpose?
Leave a comment below sharing your thoughts — I always enjoy reading them and responding to all of you.
Love & Light,