My name is Jennifer Davis. I am a 42-year-old painter living in Minneapolis, MN, USA. I paint full time from a studio in my home.
What made you start creating art?
After four years of college at the University of Minnesota, I had not yet decided what I want to “be” when I grew up. I took a drawing class with a friend and fell in love. I started sampling all of the art classes offered at my school- photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, painting…I loved all of it! I stayed at school for two more years and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1998. I have been making some kind of art almost every day since then.
What advice would you give to younger aspiring artists that are looking to find their true aesthetic?
I don’t really believe in the idea of finding your “one true aesthetic.” The best advice I can give is just to make a lot of work (or if your process is slower, just work a lot.) I enjoy dabbling in all kinds of different projects- painting, collage, painted sculptures, custom pet portraits, custom painted shooting targets, print-making, illustration, painted jewelry… Rather than trying to hone one specific ideal, I am trying to constantly learn, grow and stretch my creative muscles. I’d rather have may true aesthetics. ;0)
What do you try to convey in your work? Any specific themes or topics?
Since I tend to jump around between a lot of mediums and subjects my themes are also really varied. I guess it depends on my mood that day. One day I might make a painted shooting target relating to the theme of gun violence and then next day I’m painting some giant, silly bird earrings. Animals are my favorite subject so they usually make an appearance either way.
Which is your favourite piece and why?
My current favourites are these two big paintings on paper- “Animal Kingdom #1 & #2.”
They were something new for me as I don’t normally work this large or paint this way on paper. I was in a very dark mood (about politics- global, national and local) and wanted to force some lightness into my mood. I tried to go over the top with colour, flowers and animals to cheer myself up. I had fun painting these.
Where do you usually get your inspirations from?
Inspiration is a mystery to me. I can’t figure out where it comes from or when it will strike. The best thing for me is to make something (anything!) whether I feel inspired or not.
I do love animals, vintage toys, vintage carousels, bike rides, horror films…
What medium are you using for these pieces?
Acrylic and graphite on mounted wood panels are my favourites.