We had the good fortune of connecting with Cody Jorgensen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cody, why did you pursue a creative career?
Since a very young age, I have had a passion to create art. I went to college for art education and graphic design, because I knew that I did not have the backing to only create my art. I started out teaching, but have switched to doing marketing for a medical company for my daytime job. Then, I create my artwork on the side. It has been difficult with COVID, since there are not many art shows or events. But, creating my artwork is my passion and has always brought me joy and has been my outlet, when I needed one.Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I really have two styles, abstract artwork with epoxy resin and gold leaf. Then, the one that I have focused more on, over the past year. My colorful pop art style portraits of both people and pets. Growing an art business is very hard. There are plenty of other artists and events out there. So, it can be a little rough starting out. I have met business owners and had previous customers refer customers to me. That has helped a lot. But, not all events are created equal. I reinvest back into my art business, and it is slowly building more and more.Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite areas are the Heights and Montrose. I would start the day off with a coffee or tea from EQ Heights, a cute local shop that I sometimes show work at. Then, recommend a walk down 19th to the antique shops and Coda, Eclectic Homes, Jubilee, Retropolis, and Dramtika are some favorites. For lunch/brunch, either Alice Blue, Verdine, Superica, or Local Foods. Grab a cocktail at Heights Biergarten or a glass of wine at Presidio. Dinner at Maison Pucha or Savoir. Then, the next day in Montrose and Museum District. The Menil, MFAH, Holocaust Museum are all musts. A night at JR’s and the Eagle, followed by a late night bite at Katz. Then, a shopping day at the Galleria, followed by dinner at Musaafer.Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My supporters when I was young, were my mom and my high school art teacher, Cathy Lemmerman. My boyfriend, Mauricio Gomez, has supported my art, since we met. Our first date was at an art gallery, and ever since, we have gone to art events both to sell my work and to see other artists work. Most recently, I would have to say my boss, Bret Boudousquie. He loves both my personal artwork and the digital work that I do for him. He is constantly giving me tips to grow my business and support.