Picture Perfect: J.J. Sawicki’s works on display at the Mayor’s Office


Your name: J.J. Sawicki

Your website: www.odinseyeart.com

Where are you from? I was born in Portland, Maine, and moved to Nashua when I was 12.

What is your technique? Pyrography/wood burning

Do you have a favorite piece and why? I do but I can’t say that it’s one of my own. I love pieces that you can get lost in and stare at for days. Pieces that make you feel like it’s for you and you only.

What are the primary ideas you hope to express in your work? I am a huge nerd and love sci fi. I grew up in the 1980s and most of what I do is based on that era. In my work, you’ll see a lot of Doctor Who, Star Wars, Hobbit, etc. But I also create a lot of stuff for the kids since I have a 7-year-old daughter.

What is the role of art in the community, in your opinion? Very simply, art is a beautiful way of bringing the community together. There is no hate in art. Because of art, I have been able to meet some incredible people who continue to inspire me and get me excited to keep on creating.

What have been some of your favorite venues? There are so many but I really enjoy My Art Show which will be celebrating its second year in July. There are so many different kinds of artists there. I also really love Granite State Comic Con and Kids Con New England which will be in June here in Nashua. The Pop Up Arts Market throughout the fall is also so much fun. This is new as of last year and is now part of the Farmer’s

Market in town.

What has been the biggest challenge in your experience as an artist? I think all artists work extremely hard on their business. It’s not an easy task for sure. I work all day every day from sun up to sundown. Some weeks you are lucky to get noticed at all. But for me, my determination and excitement for the next project never dwindles. I worked in banking for 27 years before I dedicated all of my time to art. I have a destructive form of arthritis from head to toe which ended my career. But I believe everything happens for a reason. Even on days where I can barely move my hands, I still grab my wood burner and go. My passion outweighs the pain!

What do you love most about working as an artist in New Hampshire? I just love living here in Nashua and the people here are amazing and so supportive. Over the past few years, the arts community here has really come out of hiding and what has come out is beautiful.

Any advice for aspiring artists? My advice would be to really never give up. Don’t get discouraged. If you do, get back up and keep going. There will always be someone better and more successful. If your art can make someone smile, then you are doing your job. And one more thing…very importantly…stay humble and spread as much positivity as you can!

Sawicki’s art is presently on exhibit at the Mayor’s Office, Nashua City Hall. For more information on the artist, the Nashua Area Artists Association or its gallery, go to www.nashuaareaartistsassoc.org and/or www.naaa-arthub.org. To participate in the Mayor’s Office Artist of the Month program and be featured in the Telegraph’s Encore, you must be a member in good standing of the Nashua Area Artists’ Association. You can sign up under at the NAAA’s website, under programs or contact Jacqueline@nashuaareaartistsassoc.org.