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Shine Brightly by Jennifer Ferris
My work involves constant invention and exploration. Color energizes me, and so I want to use all the colors, and all the tools, and all the techniques. I want to play and pour paint and see the visions in my head come to life. At other times, I want to paint without a vision, and just see what comes out of me. I want to act, and then re-act, and continue working as if in a dance with the canvas and the paint. I give myself challenges, such as using all the leftover paint from the my students after a workshop on a single-session painting. I take on new, harder subjects, such as pet portraits. I take workshops to push myself to think differently. The process is what drives me.
I believe whole heartedly that "variety is the spice of life." I'm happiest when I am not on a schedule, and I can take life as it comes at me; when I give myself time to think and have ideas and then act on those ideas. Many times painting concepts flood my mind way faster than I can get them on canvas.
Despite commercial pressures, I strive to be an artist on my own terms; to do my best work, and work that is authentically me. Accepting that there is no "magic formula" for succeeding financially as a fine art painter, that is the only way this journey will be a journey of joy.
For as long as I can remember, I thought of myself as an artist. Maybe because I come from a very talented family, and I always had the urge to create, whether cooking or drawing. My love of art is definitely influenced by growing up with a mom and grandmother who are both artists. I used to describe myself as a self-taught artist because I don’t have a formal degree in fine art, but over the years I have taken so many workshops and classes from extremely talented artists, that I definitely feel well-trained and well-studied in fine art painting.
I started painting in oils in a fairly traditional style, but the first time I took a workshop in acrylics, I was completely converted, and haven’t looked back. I LOVE the freedom and variety in working with acrylics. Over time, the new medium transformed my work into a more contemporary and abstract style.
I have a broad interest in artistic styles, and so in many of my works you will find a blend of abstraction and realism. In addition to bright happy colors, I love yummy layers of texture, fun patterns, and using lots of different techniques.
I love talking about painting, and I love to help others with painting, so it is only natural that I love to teach workshops. Painting workshops are so wonderful whether I am the teacher or a student. The feeling of community while we are all learning is just bliss!