Jennifer was born into a large artistic family in San Francisco, California where both of her parents were visual and performing artists. Her early exposure to this lifestyle may have quelled her early professional pursuit in the arts though never her practice.
Ultimately, and many milestones and mediums later, Jennifer committed to oil painting. Sharp focus detail became a lifelong endeavor while blending trompe l'ceil techniques with surreal elements. She now practices her art professionally out of her SOMA district studio in San Francisco, California.
What’s your preferred medium to paint, and why?
I paint primarily in oils. I love the smooth buttery feel of good oil paints and the complexity of working with them to create certain effects, especially for sharp focus detail and smooth blending.
What do you do to get out of an artist block?
I can't say that I have had true "artist block" yet - thankfully! I think that something close to that would be when I have to work on a theme or subject for a piece and I don't have an immediate idea. I'll go through my sketch books and something usually comes to mind. I try to always write, sketch, or vocally describe any idea I have into my phone or whatever I have to write on at the time so that I have a collection of potential pieces ready to create. Hasn't failed me yet.
At what age/what turning point led you to be an artist?
I think those seeds were planted early, and deep. Both of my parents were artists and I grew up around visual and performing arts and artists. I practiced my creativity with a variety of mediums all my life and committed to oil painting in the early 2000's. That was when the desire to learn more and do more grew to what now feels like a compulsion.
What do you listen to when you are painting/creating artwork?
I like to listen to music that I can sing to. I have a wide range of music that I like to play; Oldies, R&B/Soul, 80's Modern Rock, Punk, Soul Bossa Nova. I usually incorporate samples of them in my Instagram stories along with my artwork. I also listen to news radio and podcasts (Snap Judgement is my favorite).
Do you feel it’s necessary to finish your painting prior to beginning another?
Not usually. I like to work on several pieces at the same time because of the nature of oils and their drying times. However, sometimes the "compulsion" kicks in and I just have to realize an image that I have been thinking about. Then that ONE will take priority until I complete it.
When you receive unsolicited critiques or comments, how do you feel/how do you react?
I figure, If you put your work out there, you're opening up to critiques and comments. At my first Open Studios a man once asked me, "What happened to you?--What happened to you to make you paint this way?". My answer, " I guess that would be my birth.". I'm fine with comments and try to find something useful in them. When I get uncomfortable, I turn to humor.
Jennifer's Favorite Trekell Products:
Oh, I loved the Tony Curanaj Brush set that was out not long ago. I was hoping they would make those particular brushes so that they could be ordered individually. Now they're gone! I just recently received my shipment of Legion Brushes and I can already tell they are the right kind of smoothness and snap I like. The Golden Taklon brushes and Mops are winners. I also love the Brush Restorer; I use it every painting session.
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