Born 1976 – Torie Jones a native of Jacksonville Florida, grew up loving art. Her passion for art began at a young age. As a child she was surrounded by art and music, along with the beauty of her family’s love of arts and crafting, which kept her interest in fine arts. She is a motivated mother of three with nine years of experience in the entertainment industry. In various forms IE: management, promotions, and event planning. Now holding title of body artist. Her abstract style of original hand painting on bodies and canvas are straight from her imagination. After many years of drawing Torie moved to Atlanta Ga. and started painting with acrylic paint on canvas. She moved forward, experimenting with abstracts in various mediums. This pushed her to expand her horizons and tap into new areas of painting she had not yet explored. There was an obvious freedom and personal expression with abstraction and it was then that she really began to flourish. She was deeply interested in the effects of color, texture and the emotional response to strong composition and design. By removing the representational and creating something that told a story without an observational subject matter was very exciting. Today, Torie’s work is a bold mix of styles of art ranging from crafting to body art with not just using paint to the body. She brings a subtle and sophisticated feel to her paintings through a unique balance of color, composition and texture.
“My primary goal when creating my abstracts is to breathe life into what I do. One of my practices is to make sure that I don’t stay locked up in the studio for too long. I get out and explore and try other forms of art for inspiration. This relates to new ideas and the ability to stay excited about what I do every day. As you can tell by my work, I like to create living emotion within my art.
My art is to leave you wanting more so that you may explore your own spirit and to be an inspiration to the next artist. Art can help us grow, heal our hearts, excite our senses and inspire new ideas. It’s one of the most valuable gifts in this world. Thank you for being a part of my journey………”
Most artists use paint to express their artistic talents, color can soften the facial features, warm the skin tones and accentuate a person’s lifestyle and personality.
The laws of color state that out of all the colors in the universe, only three yellow, red and blue (called primary colors) are pure. This means, they cannot be created by the mixing of any other colors. Strangely, these primary colors can be mixed to create other hues. Hey, it’s the law of color and cannot be altered in any way.
Be it hair, nails, make-up etc. Heck even an auto body shop must oblige. With that being said, if I must say myself this takes talent, skill, and pose to articulate. To balance one another without over powering one another becomes a mastered skill by the most streaming artist.
The Beauty industry in yesterday and today’s world has permanently been lucrative and productive. This brings to the discussion I compassed with a local artist out of Jacksonville, Florida. By the name of Torie Jones. She has a talent like I have never imagined. She dominates the law of color in such a way that is amazing. Here is her interview.
A: It is my pleasure Torie to have this session with you and overview artistic skill. I read your Bio, I found it fascinating. I saw your work, I think it’s extraordinary. My theory here is that you are not only artistic, yet brave, creative and bold. So, Torie outside of having an intense background in entertainment, art and music. What exactly prompted you to do this form of art?
T: Well looking back, it just fell into my lap. I was doing face paint with my kids and nephew’s and a friend of mine needed a portfolio for her make up to send to my other friend that was in need of a MUA for a photo shoot. I suggested to be different and give your portfolio some spice by adding face paint on one half and corresponding with make up on the other. We did and it was great. We showed off the work so we can do more for the portfolio. We found people interested but nervous, I mean they (adults) actually asked “would it hurt”? I had to think how I can make this a beautiful thing so I asked a few dancers if I could do a half body paint and take pictures. They agreed and it’s been on ever since.
A: normally, how long does it take you to completely cover an entire individual? I noticed that there is no stone unturned so- to- speak. They are completely covered and colorful.
T: When I first started I use to draw it out so that took a good hour, then painting was two hours. I started watching the Pro’s tutorials on the internet and found some techniques I learned to use just the paint brush and found my confidence. Needless to say my speed took off for a full body paint a little over an hour if I don’t go hard on details. I do get carried away with detailing.
A: Body art dates back over 5000 yrs ago. Many tribes and many cultures utilize body art as a way to express their civilization. I mean, I cannot tell you how many different cultures from ancient Egypt to Prisoners on the yard express themselves in this manner. I myself became fascinated by the Cherokee traditions once I became well informed of my ancestors and saw pictures of my Cherokee fifth generation Grandmother and her Husband. This prompted me to want to learn more about them. The Colors, the pattern, the Pow Wows were stimulating to me. What motivates you to do this? And when & where did you begin?
T: I have always been driven by culture of many, and myself having evident Seminole and other races running through my blood has me always in detective mode. Mostly health and art. I believe that’s why I am drawn to certain things in my life. Most of all I was raised with music of all types and with that helped my drive and passion for more than one art in my soul. Everything I do has passion and loyalty in it. So whether it’s poetry, writing, music, crafting, décor, painting, event planning, or whatever I will try next, I am dedicating my all to see the ending results.
Being a part of a family that was in the army, I was exposed to the art in all of the places traveled. They would bring back art and decor that would have me wanting to duplicate in a drawing. On both sides of my family I had a form of art. I’m sure this is why my art comes out more abstract because of keeping those images in my head for so long. So I would have to say it started for me as a little girl from the age of five. Growing up surrounded by my creative artsy family
A: Now, I understand that the Human body can be interesting and yet complicated. You are enhancing an already provocative configuration here. Have you or do you sometimes get uncomfortable painting these beautiful women? I mean, I imagine this becoming second nature to you after a while, is that correct?
T: Alicia, it’s funny that you ask. My first fully nude model was someone I grew up with that is considered family and the photographer was someone I had a huge crush on. So can we say awkward for the first twenty minutes of painting? I mean this model has an outstanding body ..this was the only way I’d want to see her naked and this photographer has to look at her and my mind is going wild, like is this really happening? But I picked these people because she has always been artsy and open about her art. The photographer and I have always wanted to work together. The Opportunity was there so once my design got in my head … let’s just say the rest is history in the making!
A: What is the proper term to use when verbalizing what you do? Body Painting, Temporary tattooing, tell me what to call this?
T: Body art, Body painting, and temporary tattooing are all great words to describe this because some people identify it differently. Most of the time I have to tell them what I am using so they don’t get it mixed up with real tattooing. Reassuring them that this washes off with soap! Lol
A: Have you ever incorporated men in your work?
T: Yes indeed Alicia
A: (Smiling) Are they Nude?
T: Oh yes… A few have, but in my town I don’t get many fully nude like I’d like to lol. It’s challenging for me here in my hometown. It is so different keeping my designs manly because I have so many female designs and most of my work is freestyle and all my work is free handed, so what comes out … comes out. I see my work as sexy and seductive. So my preference is Adult body art.I usually can connect with my model and the design that is freestyle usually seems custom made to fit their personality, nothing planned that way.. it just comes out as synergy.
A: Again the first thought that came across my mind was BOLDNESS. It takes heart and creativity not to mention patience and a steady hand lol to master this. I commend you for your endeavor and I thank you for sharing your colorful world with Enticing Resultz Magazine. Inform our faithful readers how they may keep track of you. ERMAG is huge on networking and we strongly believe in gravitating one another. So do tell, which social media and websites can we find you Torie? The social sites are
T: Instagram (where you see all my latest work) – @Perfect_Canvas
Facebook – Torie A Jones & Hot Talk Radio Jacksonville
Linked In- Lady Torie
Call me for your next fantasy photo shoot with body art at (904-600-6031)
Columnist/ Enticing Resultz Magazine
Alicia “Tha Highlander”
Born Alicia Dinera` Williams, a name that her only Biological Paternal Aunt had given her, Alicia was born and raised in the city of Highland Park, Michigan in 1978 by both her parental units. In Highland Park, Michigan is where she began a career in mental health in which she became certified by the State of Michigan Department of community health as a Social Worker Technician. Through much hardship, but still determined, Alicia had always had a loyal heart for trichology (the science of Hair). Through multiple career changes, she not only went to Cosmetology School, she had also become a school bus driver and tax preparer for Liberty Tax out of River Rouge, Michigan; and later a Paralegal. She realized that even with her Children’s ages ranging from 19, 10, and 6 it was not too late for her to spread her wings and soar. As a columnist for Enticing Resultz Magazine, Alicia has had the opportunity to collaborate with many faces much like her journey in life.