I am Jen, a visual artist, encouraging teacher, empathetic bodyworker, animal lover, world traveler & tequila drinking, ever-curious, life long learner. I am happy & grateful to share my love of creating with you!
I cultivate vibrant & eclectic artwork that protrays my love of other cultures & the natural world. My acrylic & mixed media pieces contain vivid layers & patterns along with highly textural elements, giving my art a dreamy kinesthetic, & at times, an almost underwater feel.
Larger Paintings: I typically begin my work by priming & stretching canvas onto a flat wooden board. Picking a few colors to start with, putting on some inspiring tunes & going with my gut, my dancing hands brush, scrape, drip, & throw many layers of different colors, shapes & textures onto the canvas. Using palette knives, rollers, silicone tipped tools, tiny squirt bottles, bare fingers & the occasional brush, the layers eventually bulid to reveal a rich & vibrant story. I then remove the canvas from the board & restretch it onto a wooden stretcher bar frame, the image wrapping around the sides to create a very cool visual effect.
Meditation: Often when I feel "stuck" in the painting process, I take a few minutes to sit quietly with my eyes closed & focus on my body & breath. This brings me back to the present & out of the negative thought patterns that sometimes emerge. I also find myself repeating the mantra "Just let it happen" when I start to overanalyze a painting. This helps me take more risks, try new things & focus on the creative process itself, as opposed the outcome of the painting.
Acrylic Pour Paintings: I have been experiementing with acrylic pour paintings which is a whole different & very fun animal. I am playing with using a record player to spin the paintings to create dramatic looking abstract scenes. The process for my larger paintings typically takes hours & hours to produce, where acrylic pours are often very quick to create; both are very satisfying! I am currently experimenting with how I can bring the two contrasting processes together for a style that is uniquely mine. Trying new things is the name of the game & what makes creating art especially fun!
The Natural World: I am always inspired by the color & patterns found in organic forms like plants, flowers, landscapes, insects & animals. I also have strong ties to the Northwest, where I currently live, & to the Southwest, where I grew up & still visit regularly. Images of these contrating terrains often reveal themselves in my work.
My Internal World: I also draw a lot of inspiration from the mini body-focussed meditation sessions I incorporate into my painting sessions. Sometime, I get wildly vivid ideas in my minds eye's while reconnecting to my body & breath.
Traveling: I also acquire inspiration by traveling to & studying other cultures around the world. So much to learn, so much beauty to be seen, heard & experienced!
My Early Years
My love for creating art began as soon as I could hold a crayon. I was often seen doodling &drawing pictures of birds, butterflies, trees & flowers from my family's World Book Encyclopedia collection, back before the interenet! I later earned my Fine Art Degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, focusing on drawing, printmaking & film photography studies. It was not until a few years ago that I took a short online course introducing me to painting. I instantly fell in love & ran with it. And Here We Are...
My Other Interests
In my spare time I enjoy taking in the local art scene & going on walks while snapping pictures of trees, flowers & anything else that strikes my interest around my neighborhood. I am currently "between dogs" as I just lost my sweet baby girl, Cinder, about a year ago. In the meantime, I am loving on others' furry family members. I am active in the animal community as a Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid Instructor with Metro Dog and Pet First Aid Seattle. I enjoy helping others & work as a Craniosacral Therapist and Private Pilates Instructor in the beautiful Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle. I also love gardening, dancing to Salsa, Prince or Lady Gaga, taking barre classes, watching design & remodel shows, & occasionally eating yummy food & sipping tasty cocktails out with friends. I am also a big fan of soccer & the Seattle Sounders.
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