I'm an artist, illustrator and designer.

You can find my work in my Etsy store, or contact me direct to purchase original canvases.

Rock n' Roll, Esoteric, Occult themed artist.

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Can you tell us a bit more about your background and how you became an artist?
I'm Joanna sasso, the working artist behind SassoJo Art. I live in the beautiful and richly historical city of York, in the U.K. and have been drawing ever since I can remember! I studied Fine Art to Foundation Level entry, and then went on to successfully complete a Creative Floristry apprenticeship. Since then, I would consider myself a self taught artist. Last year I started focusing on my art full time, painting mostly music and rock inspired portraiture.

Which artists have inspired you in your creative process?
My creative process has been hugely inspired by Frida Kahlo, from her persona to her work. As a self taught artist she championed her national and indigenous roots, continued her work through her own adversities, and uncompromisingly depicted the "female experience and form". Her use of symbolism led me to discover other artists such as James Ensor and Odilon Redon, which in turn has led onto discovering the work of Austin Osman Spare, and contemporary artist Robert Buratti.

What is your creative process like and how has the occult, music, ... been an inspiration when shaping you art?
With my creative process I have an idea of subject, composition, and medium already in my mind. I usually make one or two loose preliminary sketches, but often I'll just "go for it" straight onto the canvas or paper! I always listen to music whilst I'm working, usually something that I perceive to be relative to what I'm working on. I thoroughly believe that art feeds art.

Are you working with a certain concept in mind or do certain images 'manifest' while active being involved in occult practices?
As mentioned in the previous answer, I do already have a concept in mind whilst working, but I've found that my work flows much more instinctively and intuitively as a result or reaction of recent occult practices.

What do you believe is a key element in creating a good composition?
A key element in creating a good composition is unity. Through a sense of balance, movement, and contrast.

What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
I think my work has a sense of naivety about it, as personally I'm on the start of my own journey, and it reflects upon my work. I am excited about where my work and myself will go though!

How has your style changed over the years?
My style has changed significantly, primarily with regards to my preferred medium. Previously I painted using mostly acrylics, and now I prefer to use pen and a "dot work" technique. I'm a huge tattoo fan, and became fascinated with the "dot work" style, and decided to incorporate it into my own work. My very first piece was "Baphomet, after Eliphas Levi".

Anything else you wish to share with our readers?
Many thanks!
Joanna 93 93/93

Baphomet, after Eliphas Levi by SassoJo Art

Valkyrie by SassoJo Art

Fenrir by SassoJo Art

Lilith by SassoJo Art

Crux Satanus by SassoJo Art

Morticia by SassoJo Art