FAQ about Jake Hose's fun and whimsical artwork:
What inspires you to make art?
I’m inspired by everything that interests me about life; love, humor, fantasy, history, spirituality, iconic imagery from pop culture, and nature. I got into this to create a style that would stand out against the status quo.
Are you a full time artist?
At the moment, I am and have been for several years even though the majority of my art career was forged in between working multiple jobs to sustain my artistic vision like most artists have to do unfortunately.
Did you go to school for art?
No, I wanted to learn at my own pace, learn what I wanted and not be pressured to live up to someone else's standards or be molded into some conformity.
Do you teach art?
No I don’t, my style is not an academic norm and if I was to teach it, I would eventually have to compete with it, not that it is better, it's just exclusively mine.
I do however offer business advice for artists that are serious through email. So if you need help, I can help you.
What is whimsical art?
Whimsical art for me can be simple or complex in its detail and composition, normally whimsical art has a colorful, rhythmic, playful and humorous expression to it.
Where are you from?
I have lived all over America, and moved to Washington State about 17 years ago. I currently live with my Wife Kim in Puyallup Washington.
Do you have a gallery?
Our gallery is our mobile pop up tent.
Do you show in galleries?
I have in the past, I sell the most to people directly at our art shows, online, or through our agents/reps, so I haven't had time to fit it in.
How long have you been doing art?
I’ve been doing art all my life; I was that kid that could draw an amazing picture (for a first grader) all the while frustrating my teachers for ignoring them lol. Art was an escape from a crappy childhood, so it was first therapeutic, then it became my life's ambition and passion…
Above is me painting the original "If Seattle Were Venice" (Not for Sale)
How is your Art Made?
The majority of my art has been painted with acrylic paints on canvas. I am currently doing an experimental technique mixing traditionally painted backgrounds with digital art in preparations for eventually moving into illustrating my own books.
I have also clocked in thousands of hours doing very detailed pen and ink drawings from the 1990's, painted on glass, all of which are not on my website but are a part of my private collection. I also draw with graphite pencils on paper, working out my ideas, characters, backgrounds and composition sketches before committing to the painting process.
How long does it take to create your art?
Normally it takes between 30 and 80 hours depending upon the scope of the project.
Above is some of my personal/private work (sold)
Do you Sell originals?
I do on occasion, I am willing to part with some original acrylic paintings on canvas for the right price and for the right reasons. We do things differently with our originals, we do not display them outside for they could get damaged, they are a private and exclusive showing.
How much are your Originals?
Our 11x14 sized originals start at 1,200 dollars, 16x20 sized originals range from 2,000 to 4,000 and larger paintings go up to 6,000.00 or more depending upon the size, detail and so on.
Where can I see your originals?
If you are seriously interested in acquiring original art, you can email us to schedule an in home showing in the Seattle Washington area or we can send you images by email. We would be more than happy to ship original artwork as well.
Do you do murals or commission work?
No I do not do murals, I am very selective in regards to commission work, if your idea inspires me, if I can see it in my mind, then I will be happy to work with you, commissions start at 2,000 and go up from there...
What are Giclee Prints?
A Giclee is a fancy word for a high quality and high resolution inkjet printer specially designed to create spectacular color range. Giclee prints are the best quality prints available today, far surpassing other forms of offset or lithography printing in regards to sharpness, brightness, and color range.
Above are hand stretched canvas Giclees that we print in our studio.
Do you print your own work?
At this time I do all the printing other than our greeting cards that are printed by a local print shop in our home town. I have been printing for over a decade and have gotten quite good at it. Other companies are starting to use our images on their products, yet if you want art made by me (while I still do the printing/signing) and support me directly, then you can here.
Above are prints that fit directly into 11x14 standard frames.
Will your art prints fit in standard frames?
Our 11x14 signed prints will fit nicely into 11x14 standard frames. They also look really nice matted out to a 16x20 sized frame.
Our canvas Giclee prints come ready to hang on your wall and don't require framing unless you want to.
Can you order art online?
Yes, you can order many products securely at www.funwhimsicalart.com
How fast do you ship and where?
Most orders ship out within a couple of days. In the event that we are out of stock on an item (that is rare), we will make it a priority to ship it to you as soon as possible and will let you know ahead of time.
Do you accept credit and debit cards?
Of course, we accept all forms of major credit cards through our website and at our art festivals, all secure.
Do you offer Layaway?
We do, we accept monthly payments on originals and large orders.
Do you have a list of upcoming shows?
Yes we do, we would like to meet you at one of our shows, here is a link. https://www.funwhimsicalart.com/pages/art-festivals-and-art-events-featuring-jake-hose
Above are our greeting cards in Marlene's Market in Tacoma Washington.
Do you do wholesale?
We no longer do wholesale even though we were successful at it. You may still find our products in stores, though we are focusing on direct selling and art licensing starting in 2018.
Do you offer free shipping?
We offer free standard shipping in the USA, except Hawaii or Alaska, that includes a tracking number that is sent to your email account. We also do offer international shipping as well at an additional price. Email us for special pricing.
Have you thought about making children’s books?
I have tried several times to partner with writers and they have been unsuccessful, I plan to release several books written and illustrated by me in the future.
Questions about Kimali Tote Bags
Kimali was started by my Wife Kimberly Hose, who had an awesome idea to create custom fabric and design high quality tote bags around it. So Kimali was born, the name Kimali was taken from the first three letters of her first and middle name (Kimberly and Alicia) to create Kimali.
How and where are they made?
Each Kimali tote bag is exclusively hand made by our highly skilled manufactures here in the Pacific Northwest. Each fabric pattern is designed by myself exclusively for the Kimali tote bag line. Only high quality zippers, hardware, and water resistant canvas materials are used in each Kimali tote bag.
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