Midnight Rider welcomes artist Jade Antoine to the...

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Midnight Rider welcomes artist Jade Antoine to the shop !

Lets get to know Jade a little better….

Jade Antoine was born and raised in the Southwestern U.S., primarily in the mountains of Colorado, and was involved in pretty much every outdoor sport/activity you can think of. She probably would’ve never gone indoors if it wasn’t for her mom’s insistence. Jade’s life has also been serendipitously connected with music and musicians, particularly from the 60s and 70s, and these influences, along with her interest in American history, artifacts, and indigenous people, have greatly contributed to her aesthetic and perspective as an artist, photographer, and writer.

"I’m inspired by nature and the relationship between humans and the natural world are probably my greatest inspirations. I grew up in more rural areas of the Southwest in a real outdoorsy family. We went on month long camping trips throughout the West, and I was always outdoors playing. I also worked as a ski instructor, and a mountain bike, river raft, and hiking guide, and this lifestyle and being at home in the natural world are a really important part of who I am. My love of tomboy fashion, history, and photo journalistic style photography are big influences on my work as well."

1. Favorite album art : Probably Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA cover by Annie Leibovitz

2. Best Diner : The Red Planet Diner in Sedona, AZ. I’ve only been there twice, but it’s space/alien themed, and the company I was keeping was perfect. The combination of the two probably makes it my most memorable diner experience.

3. Favorite mom & pop shop : Explore Booksellers in Aspen, CO. This bookshop is in a historic Victorian house, and it has been there for around 30 years. I went there on a weekly basis when I was growing up. It has small reading rooms and fireplaces… it’s really cozy.

4. Sun sign / rising : Pisces / Aquarius

5. Family History : My family has a long history in the US (some members came from England on the Mayflower), and they settled in the Wild West early on. The Four Corners region where I was born and raised is particularly important to me. My parents have ties to some of the bands from the 60s and 70s, and that era of music is still very close to my heart, so it was fun to work with a brand that celebrates music and musicians.   

6. Dream Ride : It’s not very original, but probably a 1972 Ford Bronco or a 70s era Ford truck. The 1980 four-wheel drive, wood paneled AMC Eagle is pretty great too.    

7.  On your record player : I listen to a wide variety of music, but I’d say some of the bands/people on regular rotation are Donovan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, America, Paul Simon, Gram Parsons, The Band, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Buena Vista Social Club, Talking Heads, Dwight Yoakum, and Patsy Cline… There are so many more, so I’m sure I’m leaving out some real gems, but this is a good beginning.    

8. Never leave home without….. If at all possible I try not to bring a purse, so probably Burt’s Bees lip balm, my wallet, and my iPhone… I often leave the house to go to the grocery store and end up spontaneously going hiking or doing something until after dark, so clothing layers are usually a good idea.

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