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Meet Jennifer Warren

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Warren.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Orange County and raised in Huntington Beach. Growing up, my dad was my biggest influence in be becoming an artist and has made his career as a graphic designer and painter. As a young girl, I remember asking my dad to draw me horses. My brother and I would watch him meticulously as he made art. We both inherited his drawing skills and need to create.

I graduated from California State University Fullerton in 2007 with a Bachelor in Art Education and a Visual Art Credential. I am now living my dream since I was a teenager, to be an art teacher. I am blessed to teach art at Palos Verdes High School, where I consider my second home. I have a beautiful life in Long Beach California with my husband, young daughter, 2 dogs and a cat.

After devoting much energy into teaching, I felt a strong need to connect back to my artistic practice. Since teaching, for years I had made art only to maintain my skill and make samples for assignments. I was not connected to my love for art. In the summer of 2016, I completed a residency for art teachers at the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Illinois. My mentor, Patrick Earl Hammie, completely changed the way I approach painting. I now paint to discover something new, and stay away from the safe and familiar. Since the residency, I have made painting a part of my daily routine.

Please tell us about your art.
My subjects are simple and inspired by nature. I am drawn to botanicals, landscapes, and places not seen by many. I capture these places through Plein air paintings, sketches, and my camera. I then take the information I gather back into my studio (mom cave) and paint. Watercolors allow me to play with drips, blooms, and spills of colors. My body of works is an exploration between the expressive and unpredictable qualities of the medium and depictions of realism. I enjoy watercolors the most since it is familiar to me and what I am best at in art. I love it’s unpredictability, translucency, and working within its limitations. As I work, I have to take into account what I can control and cannot control.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Teach.
If you don’t like kids, teach adults! Host a paint pour, teach a workshop, do whatever!
Make this a part of your hustle as you piece together your income, and let the financial pieces will fall into place. If you have a gift, there is nothing more rewarding than to teach it to others.
Being of service will get you out of your own mental hang-ups and keep your head in a healthy place. A healthy mental space is essential for making art.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My artwork is exhibited in the Long Beach Open Studio Tour, and Kennedy Grace Gallery.

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Image Credit:
Ron Yeo for profile pic

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