I am a developing artist and illustrator. I work mainly in graphite, colored pencil and ink. My work varies from expressive renderings of internal personal and spiritual experiences to imaginative depictions of fantastical characters.
One of my main goals as an artist is to communicate positive, inspirational and encouraging messages to the viewer. I strive to do this utilizing imaginative narratives and characters in my illustrations. I want to be able to as an artist inspire young minds to always try to think positively about the world that we live in and the people we share it with. I would like for my work to inspire others to value themselves as purpose-driven, precious and unique individuals.
At present I would like to expand my body of work in the area of fine art. As a teen art making was a major form of expression for what I couldn’t get out in words. As years went by I stopped making artworks for myself, but I am working to delve deeper into that expressive artist in me. My art has helped me reconcile with difficult and painful situations as well as commemorate beautiful and joyful experiences. I am trying to express meaningful life situations and abstract emotions through symbolic, emotional and spiritual imagery in my fine artworks.
I am also currently working towards a long-term goal of creating an illustrated young-adult novel involving a character who goes on an adventure of discovery and enlightenment described through a fantastical external voyage. In order to discover her self-worth and transform her outlook on her life situation, she must face confrontations symbolic of internal and external emotional struggles. This path of discovery will finally enable her to emerge victorious as a more mature, assertive and optimistic individual. My own life experiences and struggles as well as those of people I know who are fighting these battles are the basis for my inspiration on this project.
Jennifer Tenace is a fine art painter who does gallery work in addition to mural projects in her local cities. I chose to interview her because I am truly inspired by her work and her path as an artist. She currently resides in Santiago, Chile. Check out her website here
What do you see as your future in art?
At the present, I’m talking with an activist/environmentalist about future Eco Art Projects – new experience for me, and very excited. I’m also interested in going to school for Art Therapy, and have recently befriended someone with that particular degree.
You spoke of Eco Art earlier, what exactly is that?
Using things in nature like snow ice or rain, and doing projects that is not going to ruin the nature, and also possibly make the current environment better. Some artists work with scientists to find ways to support the landscape, and many times is tied to activism; moss graffiti, for example.
What singular piece of advice would you give to an aspiring fine artist?
Do it for the enjoyment of creating. Don’t be tied to the outcome. It will be successful if you’re into it.