October 23, 2018
Arts & Entertainment
55° Mostly Cloudy
  • JJ Galloway’s career has taken her to places like New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago.
    Photo Provided
    JJ Galloway’s career has taken her to places like New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Bon Appétit: JJ Galloway Serves Up Food-Inspired Art

Jillian Amodio
Jillian Amodio's picture
View Bio
September 5, 2018

JJ Galloway has been a Severna Park resident since the mid ‘90s, but she is leaving her mark at galleries and shows throughout the country with her food- and beverage-themed art.

Because her mother and grandfather were both hobbyists, Galloway has been surrounded by art her entire life. While she always enjoyed art, Galloway began winning awards in the seventh and eighth grade, leading her to believe “I am actually pretty good at this.”

After graduating with a dual degree in marketing and communications as well as fine arts, Galloway took a job as a television news reporter in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. After having children, Galloway knew that she was ready to tackle her career as an artist.

“I knew early on there was a difference between making a living as an artist and being a hobbyist, and I wanted to make a living off of my art,” Galloway said. “It takes a great deal of courage, energy, time and practice to take on a career as an artist.”

Galloway’s career has blossomed, taking her to places like New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago. Reminiscing about her first show, Galloway recalled how nervous she was. Fortunately, those fears were short-lived.

“For me, the nerves and the impostor syndrome disappeared after that first art show,” she said. “I think just taking that leap was huge.”

With numerous shows under her belt and many more in the works, Galloway has gone from being a “nervous wreck” to landing a slot at Miami Art Week. One of her favorite aspects of her career is networking. “I meet gallery owners, curators and artists, and everyone has a different background and you begin to form these lasting connections,” she said.

Currently, Galloway paints primarily food-related concepts with oils and watercolors. This work has led her to some interesting yet unexpected connections with chefs who, in a sense, use food to create art as well.

When she’s not travelling, Galloway can be found on Fridays at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, where she leads open studio sessions. No experience is needed, and anyone attend to learn about different techniques. More details are at www.npg.si.edu.

While Galloway sells many of her original works, she also does a lot with copywriting and licensing. She most recently signed a contract with Bed Bath & Beyond, for which she receives compensation whenever the store sells products featuring her images. Galloway also does illustrations for Van Gogh Vodka and One Kings Lane.

For anyone new to collecting, Galloway suggested making a connection with the art. Buy what you love and be free to experience it, she said.

“Early on, I was told to only put out your best work,” Galloway said. “I make a ton of paintings but only ever put out my best. If you love your art, it will be loved by others.”

For more information about Galloway, her art and her upcoming shows, visit www.jjgalloway.com.


Sidebar Ad

Faces of the Voice

  • Dianna Lancione
    Publisher
    parkiewoman
  • Larry Sells
    Vice President, Sales and Development
    @LarrySells1
    @LarrySells1
    @LarrySells1
  • William Nauman
    Creative Director
  • Dylan Roche
    Editor
    @dylroche
    @dylroche
    @dylroche
  • Zach Sparks
    Assistant Editor
    @Sparks907
    @Sparks907
    @Sparks907
  • Lonnie Lancione
    Publisher
  • Brian Lancione
    V.P., Operations
  • Colin Murphy
    Sports Editor
    @ArVoiceSports / @ColinAJMurphy
    @SPVoiceSports / @ColinAJMurphy
    @PVoiceSports / @ColinAJMurphy

Latest Tweets

Events Calendar

Request an Advertising Quote

Please do not add dashes. (ex: 4106479400)
Do not enter anything here.
Search Articles
Search Authors
Search Blog