Skiing is an art. Painting the mountain gracefully with skis is beautiful to watch and to feel first hand. But what about those artists that ski?! They’re making masterpieces in the studio and on the slopes, impressive right? Our “Art of Skiing” series aims to get into the minds of these admirable humans.
MEET JEREMY ALLEN
Jeremy was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Yearning bigger mountains, he moved to Whistler at the age of 19. Since he’s picked up a camera and has pursued photography and videography as a passion. Traveling internationally for work, Jeremy has been inspired by travel and will continue to chase everyday adventure.
What (if anything) about skiing inspires your work?
JA: Skiing has been such a huge part of my life. It’s driven me to embrace the outdoors and the cold from growing up in Quebec. I love being out in the backcountry with good company. That’s really where I feel in my most creative and in my happy place. I love the art aspect of skiing as well, how the backcountry is all fresh pow, unpainted lines. It’s a seriously epic feeling when you’re down at camp, looking back up on the mountain that you and your good friends just painted.
Have you ever put art on skis? OR thoughts on doing so?
JA: Not yet, it’s something I’d really like to do. Especially for myself, I’d love to make myself a pair of skis. I feel as if that’d be a true paintbrush for the slopes that comes from the heart.
Where can we see your work?
JA: A lot of my work is posted through my Instagram – @thefulltimehobby or on my website. I have prints hung up at the Sea to Sky Arthouse in Squamish, and in multiple different galleries in Whistler throughout the year.
What’s your next creative project?
JA: I recently collaborated with an internationally-renown art consulting firm who curated my photography into the Fairmont Whistler Project. They’ve been such a delight to work with and in a few weeks, 3 of my photographs will be hung up at the Chateau Fairmont Whistler. All three images will be printed 22 times each, and are from the Duffey Lake road, deep in the backcountry on a truly perfect day.
Do you have any ski-related goals you hope to accomplish this season?
JA: November 15th, 2018, I underwent my second ACL reconstructive surgery. I won’t be getting out this winter but look forward to shooting around the village and some urban!
What do you hope people feel when they experience your artwork?
JA: I hope they see something from within themselves. I want my art to be relatable and to hit a feeling that sparks a warmth inside! I want everyone to feel like they were there with me at that moment.
What puts you in your studio groove to create?
JA: Being with good people, good vibes and overall good company. Nothing does it better for me when the magic is flowing. Through my editing process, it’d be sitting inside editing during a rainy day with a warm drink and a chill-hop stream going.
How did you get into art?
JA: It really began as a way for me to express myself. I started off painting and drawing, but I never followed through with any of it. It was only once I started to travel that I realized how much I loved art and taking photos. Meeting people and hearing their stories about photography and travel really did it for me.
Describe your artist style in 3 words:
JA: Depth. Story. Happiness.
Describe your skiing style in 3 words:
JA: Poppy. Stoked. Huck.
Current song on repeat?
JA: Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate
Guilty pocket snack?
JA: Any food I can get my hands on! I do love the new banana Clif Bar.
Who’s inspiring you these days?
JA: Mike & Susie, my mom, my buddy matty & brother Lucas, David McColm, Chris Burkard. The list goes on and on as I try to find something inspiring in everything.
Are you comfortable creating in other mediums, if yes what’s drawn you to each?
JA: For sure, I love art in all forms. Whether it be skiing, painting, drawing, taking photos, videos, you name it! I love all mediums and have been drawn to art as a whole. It’s the creative flow that I really dig and can’t give up.
JA: I’d really just like to say thank you. To all my friends, family and fans who support my work and what I do. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do today if it weren’t for all of you. My mom, dad, brothers, friends, everyone along this journey has played a substantial part in turning my passion into what it is today.
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