10 with a 10: Jacqueline Poirier

10 with a 10.
Every Monday.
You know the drill!

Except all this month, I've been previewing a few women who are exhibiting at One of a Kind alongside Dani Press!

Third up? Jacqueline Poirier, yes, The Crazy Plate Lady!
We had been hearing about each other through the grapevine for awhile before our blind date at Manic Coffee.
The verdict?
I left filled to the brim with relief that she was so vulnerable and hilarious and candid. Shooting the shit with a near stranger has never been easier. 
Jacqueline is unbelievably talented with a paintbrush and so entirely lovely as a person that she's officially the complete real deal to me.

Get over to Booth R33 for her 6-day appearance at the show from December 1-6!

1. What do you do and what does it give to people?

I am an artist or more accurately, a "plartist". I create plate+art, or "plart". My medium includes 12" round charger plates in which I paint customized images on. My subject matter ranges from food, animals, portraits, landscapes, abstract and the list goes on. Often my artwork is commissioned to commemorate a special occasion or memory, so my plart is something that brings people joy!

2. What's a piece of advice you consistently find yourself giving out but find hard to take yourself?

Wow, good question! I find myself telling others to take time for themselves, and that "everybody needs down time" however I sometimes find it hard to make time for myself. I am learning to take time away from work and set aside time to relax, although sometimes the days just get away from me!

3. How do you rely on others to make you better?

I am constantly learning from those around me. My family is quite large (there are 6 siblings) and we are all very dynamic and driven. There are characteristics in every member of my family and circle of friends that I admire and try to adapt to my everyday life. 

4. Someone gives you 50 mill. What's the FIRST way your life changes?

Another great question! I don't know that my life would change so much. I would most likely still continue to paint plates. I would give some to each of my family members and also invest some in my business. I would probably also set up a "World Plart Tour" so I could paint plates in every country, so I imagine I would be travelling a lot. First Class, of course!

5. What has compelled you forward more than anything else?

I think initially I was driven by curiosity. Once I realized there was an opportunity for me to create something unique, I was driven by ambition and attention. Now I am driven by success, some pressure, reputation and discipline. I feel that I have always been somewhat ambitious, and I still remain curious for what the future holds. 

6. Do you like when people ask you, "Where do you want to be in 5 years?"

That question somewhat scares me. I am someone that definitely lives in the moment, so to think of where I'll be in 5 years can be intimidating. Although I remain excited and hopeful for what my future holds! 

7. If someone was handed a script of your inner dialogue this week, what would it say?

"Does this food have sugar, dairy, wheat, alcohol or caffeine in it? Yes? Then don't eat it. You're cleansing."

"But, your birthday is coming up on Tuesday!"

"Ok, maybe I'll cheat on my birthday." 

"But, the One of a Kind Show is also coming up!" 

"Ok, maybe a glass of wine too."

"Get back to painting! You have over 70 orders!"

"I think I'll go for a run."

8. Are you spontaneous?

Very!

9. Are you failing differently each time?

I want to say yes, but sometimes I make the same mistake twice, or thrice. Regardless, I'm learning!

10. Paul Newman or Robert Redford?

Robert Redford.