There’s no doubt in my mind that an artist’s environment greatly impacts the work they create. Catching a glimpse of said space has always been intriguing to me, so I’m starting a new series about the spots that help our favorite creatives make awesome. It seemed appropriate to kick it off with none other than Jocelyn Duke, an incredible artist based out of San Diego. I grabbed a couple tall boys and headed over to her North Park studio to learn more about the “sanctuary,” forthcoming relocation and a few things she needs within reach to make magic.
Ten years ago, Duke drove across the country from Boston with her college roommate (sound familiar), and while originally planning to fly back post-road trip, she thought “Why the hell not?” and decided to stay. She had never lived in California, let alone visited the southern region. After working from home for a couple months and contemplating the benefits of a studio next to Ray Street, a hopeful candidate for San Diego’s next art district at the time, Jocelyn decided it was the best thing she could do for herself. She moved into the building, excited to meet local artists and escape the everyday homestead distractions.
The space is indeed breathtaking. Covered from floor-to-ceiling in canvas, no surface is off-limits as quirky drawings, inspiring images, and paint splotches add character to each and every square inch. Duke’s doodles have become a living journal, perfectly capturing years of thoughts. Curious about her must-haves? All that’s really necessary is pen and paper, paint (blue, red, and yellow), four brushes or “the closest thing to Jesus” for Jocelyn, and music, which helps distract the artist from over-thinking things.
Next month, Jocelyn will take on the City of Angels, exploring the different gallery scenes and meeting new creative friends along the way. The move is bittersweet, but she’s definitely optimistic about the path that’s lead to LA and the bright future ahead. While she’ll be dearly missed, her stunning work and inspiring spirit will be just up the coast, where success anxiously awaits her arrival.