Hey everyone, my name is Jen. I am both the photographer and the painter of the pieces you see in my shop. A 25 year old artist who grew up with a passion for the arts ever since I was a little girl. Just a young child feeling inspired by my brothers works of art I would see them do in the garage of our old house. The first time selling my art, I was probably only 5. I remember I sat underneath the dining room table and used the bench as a place to layout my "art" and sold them for a dime each to my 6 brothers, 3 sisters and my parents. Big family, huh?! I even remember running around the main floor telling everyone that they had to get there early to get the "good stuff". So I guess you could say I started early on my en devours to become a full time artist.
Growing up through high school I was always known as the shy artist girl. Who knows if that was because of my actual art I completed in class or because everyone just assumed I was an artist because of my bright, colorful skinny jeans and my extreme lack of motivation for math class. I fell in love with almost every medium: sculpting, painting, charcoal, pencil, ceramics. You name it and I've probably worked with it. Although, it wasn't until half-
way through high school that I did my first painting shown on the right. Acrylic paint ismy main medium that I use now. I am extremely grateful for my teachers that got me into it.
Moving on to college, I graduated with an Associate of Arts. I feel like that was really my growing point as a person. I grew out of my shell and most of my social anxiety. Sure I still get nervous sometimes speaking about my art in person, but no where near as quiet as I used to be. It really brought me out of my shell. Through this time, I was accepted into art shows, learned new skills and got voted for "The Most Artsy Looking Person on Campus." Again probably because the feathers, bright colors, and constantly having either charcoal or paint on my hands and clothes. Sorry everyone, I have officially moved on from the neon colors now days. This is also the time that I met the love of my life in my first photography class. I learned a new form of creativity and got a fiance out of it, too. We've been together for 7 years now. His name is Jordan, and he is into digital art. If any of you are looking for a good comic book to read next, he has one coming out soon! Anyways, college was my stepping stone into the real world. I completed my degree in 2015.
After school, I finally got to get out of working security jobs and moved on to a new traveling portrait job. This is where life got interesting! It was because this job that sent me to different states each weekend that Jordan and I got a 1994, 34 ft Coachmen RV to travel around the U.S. with full time. We even took along our two cats, Patch and Boo. The cutest two kitty's ever. We sold and donated everything we had in our townhouse and adapted to the idea that, "Less is More". We traveled to Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and some other states too. I absolutely loved traveling around in that clunky thing. We did this for about four or five years. I pivotal point in my career was that I started moving away from the portrait photography to landscapes. Because Jordan and I ended up hiking so much and I loved photographing our adventures. I remember we took on a work camp project over in the Redwoods. It was the most peaceful time, and painting out in front of the trees was truly an experience I will never forget. Even met a baby bear we named Red Paw. It was little things that kept me going on this art journey, like being featured in a newspaper. Granted it was just for the RV parks in Tucson, Arizona. But it really made me excited for the future!
I began to really be known and actually experienced success when we moved to Portland, Oregon.We ended up staying there for quite a while because I was able to participate in the Portland Market each weekend. I was fortunate to be a part of an environment so full of unique artists and I grew so much from it. Here is a photo of my first booth there! Being surrounded by artists and art lovers really pushed me to create and photograph more than ever before. I actually would like to have a home there maybe someday because of the positive experience I had gained there.
Jordan and I decided to move back to our home state of Colorado for our wedding in 2021. It is so different then the previous years of travel. We made sure to get a place with a 2nd bedroom of which we now made into an epic art room. It's strange not putting every painting and photography print into the spare space underneath the RV bed. Now they can be out and about. Boo loves it here too. I am sure she doesn't miss the long drives.
I thank my family, friends and Jordan for genuinely being so supportive in my en devours to being a full time artist and photographer. I love being able to create pieces that people feel drawn and attached too. My sense
of purpose comes from imagining my art on someone else's wall that they fall in love with just as much as I felt when creating it. I hope my work gives you all smiles and happiness. I am so thankful to be where I am at and it is all thanks to the people like you in this world that appreciate the arts. You really are making my dream come true. A long step from selling my art for ten cents underneath a dining room table.
So thank you! I truly mean that.
Onward I go on the path to growing, learning and creating even more!