Scribble her proud
When Jaye Frisina was growing up, art was no mere rainy-day activity. It was a calling that compelled her to scribble, sketch, and create on any canvas that stood in her way — beginning with hidden doodles in spots like the inside of a drawer and progressing to murals on the walls, the furniture, and even the pet cat in her family’s home in Lexington.
In most households, this would warrant a life-sentence time out and an embargo on all art supplies, but Jaye’s parents did something different: they moved her into another bedroom that had a walk-in closet, which would become her very first atelier. Paint in here, and only here, she was told. And so she did, adding to it for years, until every nook and cranny was blanketed with her designs.
As a young adult, Jaye never imagined that her talent could lead to a viable career option, so she did the practical thing and became a building manager — until 2001, when she began entering art contests for fun. And fun it was, but when some big-time kudos started rolling in, Jaye realized that it could be even more.
Cue Thirteenth Story (named to honor the elusive missing floor of superstitious skyscrapers), her online gallery of illustrations and poster art. Working with her simple, bold, eye-catching aesthetic, Jaye is taking this opportunity to challenge herself by experimenting with new dimensions and composites of text and images. In 2008, she launched a delightfully witty ninja cartoon dubbed Fin, the book version of which is due to hit stores this fall.
The stroke of her pen doesn’t stop there, though, because she just signed her first contract with a London-based company that plans to mass-produce her designs on posters and T-shirts. Thanks to a passion that can’t be tamed, there’s no closet big enough for Jaye now.