Filomena Jack holds a BFA from Jersey City University where
she focused on photography and sculpture. After college
Filomena worked as a corporate software trainer in NYC.
There she fell in love with using creativity to teach skills
to various audiences. Filomena has run a number of small
businesses including a quilt shop and wedding photography
business. She now paints large murals, portraits of pets,
and lots and lots of flowers.
Q&A WITH FILOMENA
What type or artist are you?
I am muralist, digital illustrator, and fine art
painter…oh! And I teach modern hula hooping! I also have
taught a lot of sewing and craft classes and truly
believe that these art forms all inform each other. I am
a supporter of cute art and want to continue to elevate
it to the status of “important” art in our culture.
What or who, inspires you and your art the
I am a colorist….I LIVE for color! Secondly I respond to
environment, specifically how people interact with their
surroundings. I’m inspired by Yayoi Kusama, Spirit and
Kitsch, Mark Rothko, The Glasgow Boys and Girls, Robert
Burridge, Ten Hundred, and LOTS of cartoons including
Cupcake and Dino, Chowder, multiple Craig McCraken
series, Home Movies, and Adventure Time. Music is also a
huge inspiration. 80’s-90’s alternative, They Might Be
Giants, Awolnation, and Prince are on my rotating
playlist as I paint (and hula hoop!)
What do you hope people feel or think about when
enjoying your art?
I want people to feel transported. When they walk in and
around my mural pieces I want the colors and movement in
the design to make them feel warm, lifted, and loved. I
want people to smile and laugh at my quirky critter,
robot, and monster paintings. I hope people enjoy
finding hidden worlds in my floral and landscape
paintings. My cute paintings often hold a tension
between their cuteness and a bit of worry or concern. I
see a lot of the world as both things: cute and also
What do you like best about Nova Colors?
Nova’s color range and opacity rock! And I love the
pearl options…they add a special color shift that is a
wonderful surprise when you walk past the art. I also
appreciate the various size options Nova Color Paint
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I have the Elmira Infinite Canvas program, proctored by
Community Arts of Elmira to thank for helping me launch
my mural career. They introduced me to Nova Color Paint,
and gave me my first opportunities to create community
art. Great paint plus great support and guidance is a