ARTIST STATEMENT My work celebrates invention by continually creating new methods of marrying two unsuited materials together, forcing a reaction, which creates unique patterns. Incorporation of organic materials, variations of textures and exploration of colorful transparencies are vehicles with which I inject a depth of emotion into my art. The overall character a piece is an imprint of my personality, whether it is influenced by reflection of dreams, spiritual insights, or simply emotions, each piece can be considered a unique and valuable work of art. ~Jennifer McKay Johnson
Biography: There is a need, primal, within myself to express that which has made an impression upon me. All of the images that I have created have been inspired by color, texture, people, or landscape and more. My life has been devoted to learning the techniques of the old masters and even inventing some of my own. I have studied along with artists from the successful to the unknown, sharing and picking up bits and pieces of the trade, fine tuning my own strengths as well as discovering my weaknesses. As a youth I watched in fascination my brother, mother and grandfather creating many works of art. As I absorbed my surroundings I realized that I too had a longing to create. 1987 I graduated losing touch with my studies in a brief spell after my father died at age 18. My family and my home were broke apart, moving in separate directions, and lost were my sketchbooks that I slaved over for years, never knowing where they vanished. I lingered around in this perpetual mindless state for years until I eventually broke free from the ties that bound me only to surface back in school focusing on business, law and finally psychology. I have ventured down many career paths never forgetting my roots regardless of the success I had achieved. At present I am divorced and newly remarried, living in Colorado, to an extraordinary man with four beautiful children. In October of 2004 I found myself in a peculiar state of affairs, optimistic of my future, for once, and encouraged by my family to pick up where I left off with my art after seeing a sketch I had done in front of them. And then it happened, I opened my door one day to find dozens of canvases in addition to my husband surprising me with a spectacular easel, and the finest art supplies. It was then that I realized how selfless my family could be to see someone through to accomplishing their life dream. That's when I finally understood that I was never really lost because they had always been watching over me. Now today I devote my time entirely to my studies, reading, practicing and enthusiastically creating new pieces. I will begin intensive training this month which will enable me to focus on the style of work I most want to express myself in. In the meantime it would be my absolute pleasure to share with you my accomplishments thus far. I have devoted my entire life of 36 years to charcoal, ink and chalk sketches and for the last year I have focused on painting, something completely new to me. I have suffered through painters block with the white canvas glaring in front of me to doubting every stroke I made and now I dream about my next undertaking, sketching it out for future use. From October of 2004 to December 2005 I have sold over 30 paintings starting at 49.99 and now up to $500 per piece, with my series now presented in a gallery located in Colorado. I have been approached by publicists and I am proud to say that I have had the emotional backing of some world renowned professional artists who were there for me when I needed the support. A true artist scrutinizes every stroke, evaluates every line, and every detail, they are never truly fulfilled in the process and it is this which compels the artist to produce excellence. ~Jennifer McKay-Johnson "Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks." ~ Simonides (500 B. C.)
Country: United States
Site: Studio McKay
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