Cori Jaye was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Having grown up in a loving family close to the beautiful parks and lakes, Cori Jaye’s love for nature, animals, flowers and people flourished. Throughout her life Cori Jaye has been fascinated with ideas of love, relationships, and how the world is represented through the eyes of others; her prairie life has always been about love and power. These interests were cultivated through her teenage years and further developed when she opted to attend the Ontario College of Art and Design, through to her graduation from Graphic Design from Red River College.
After completing her education, Cori Jaye delved further into her passion of painting with acrylics. She began to research and explore her spirituality which can been seen in many of her gallery shows with her special flare for depicting powerful scenes of love, respect, and animals with spiritual significances. The works are a collaboration of the artist and the universe with majestic messages. She feels the artistic exchange between the artist and the universe’s people, flora and fauna can open up many opportunities.
Cori Jaye also gives of herself as a teacher of art. She teaches children and people of all ages to help foster the same enthusiasm that she has for painting and design. Her work is commissioned and has been featured in numerous art shows and events including: Cosmic Alchemical Trance, Tara Davis Boutique’s Featured Artist, Winnipeg Design Festival’s closing party “Adaptation”, and The Signatures Show, in which she was featured on Global Television.
This year Cori Jaye is thrilled to be exhibiting at the Assiniboine Park Pavilion Gallery. Her show entitled “Mystical Furry Friends” opens May 20th 2018 and features paintings that follow the daily adventures of the animals in the park. In addition to her exhibition she is currently teaching grade 7 students at a local Winnipeg elementary school. The classes are in combination with English Language Arts and explore a project surrounding the concept of an “imaginative special safe place”. She looks forward to continuing to work with the community and develop her artistic practice.
Cori Jaye still lives and works in Winnipeg surrounded by parks, rivers, lakes and diverse cultures that inspire her art.
My chosen subject matter surrounds Love, Power, and Spirituality. I often paint romantic scenes, expressing feelings of connection and respect. It is also common for me to paint animals which hold particularly powerful spiritual meanings, such as lions or elephants that signify special strengths. My paintings are an expression of my yearning to share love and power in this reality and often reflect my connection to the non physical world.
I primarily work with acrylic paint, however I also work in oil pastel and pencil crayon. I choose acrylic medium because I love to layer paint on the canvas, and the fast drying time makes for a more timely process. In addition, I paint with as much colour strength as possible, reflecting my passion to the viewer. I love to bounce colours off one another and make my subject matter pop. I would also describe myself as someone whose mind wanders, and working with acrylic paint keeps me engaged as I can constantly be working a different area of my canvas while I wait for other sections to dry. I find the colours available in acrylic paint to be vivid and exciting with metallic and florescent possibilities. The more powerful and strong I can make a piece, the more thrilling!