I love to connect with others. If you have any questions, comments, ideas or if you would just like to say hello please email me using the contact form below. Please also check my polices page in case I have already answered your question. :-)
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Hello I am Jenna. I am a 29 year old artist and mum of two living in the UK. As an artist mother I spend my days painting and raising my children in the Derbyshrie countryside where we set up home just over a year ago. I am grateful for having a family who support and encourage me in my pursuit of art and who inspire my practice.
I create works in mixed media, mostly in ink, watercolour or acrylic on canvas, board and paper. I am inspired by the world around me - particularly floral and natural forms and their relationship with the man-made structures among them. Being a mother is a significant part of my identity and therefore motherhood directly influences my practice. I feel inspired by the care-free, creating for the process approach my children take towards mark-making. Art to them is all about the now - the finished piece is not as important to them. I try to consider this when painting. I encourage creativity in my children as much as possible and frequently include them in my process allowing them to paint directly onto my paintings if they wish or to work alongside me on their own works.
Recently my work has focused on the juxtaposition of raw emotion and controlled thought. Geometric lines sit among expressive and emotive mark making and colour washes representing my experience of being a mother artist - constantly trying to scrabble together some routine and control in an ongoing battle to balance motherhood, building our life together as a family, my art, my emotions and anxieties.
Much of my work is created like an extended automatic doodle. Using photographs of my family, home or surroundings as a reference I start by making an initial compositional sketch before then applying the colour and pattern allowing my hands to create marks and scribble that seem to express my thoughts and feelings at that time. When I paint I feel free from my worries. Creating art is for me so intrinsically tied into my core being that I need to paint to remain healthy.
I have a keen interest in using art as a therapy to aid healing and encourage emotional well-being and I strongly believe that everyone has the ability to express themselves creatively if given a bit of encouragement.
My blog shares my artistic practice alongside the art of other artist mothers, artists that inspire me, creative tutorials for both adults and children and documents my creative and increasingly slow lived life.
Artist Meets Mother
Artist meets mother started as an Instagram feed I began curating to share the work of other artist mothers I admired. It is a project that has since grown into a series of interviews detailing the experience of artist mothers and the effect motherhood has on creativity. I have hope to expand on this further in the future with group exhibitions and possible workshops for mothers.
For me the projects name represents the two parts of my identity - the artist and the mother and their relationship with each other. A relationship that is at times a loving friendship and at other times filled with conflict.
If you would like to be considered for an Artist Meets Mother interview, please email me including a link to where I can view your work. I also am interested in featuring guest posts from artist mothers who wish to share with my readers their experiences, practice and studio spaces. If this is something that interests you please submit proposals to my email. I would love work with you and hear your ideas.
Please join in with us and help our supportive community grow by tagging your Instagram images to #artistmeetsmother
I am currently available for commissions and would love to work with you. Please send me an email to discuss your project detailing colours you like and dislike, your desired dimensions, anything you feel is inspiring your piece and your budget. I draw up several sketches of painting ideas for your commission and work with you closely to make sure you are happy before you approve the painting and I begin your final piece. A non-refundable deposit of 30% is required before I start any work on a commission. Once the deposit is paid your commission will be added to my calendar. Please allow 4 – 12 weeks for completion of commissioned paintings. Final payment is to be made after approval and before shipping.
I am always interested in collaborating with other artists, designers and businesses that share my ethos. If you are interested in working with me please send me an email.
I currently only accept payments through Paypal in my shop. I am hoping to be able to offer card payments in my shop in the near future. If you would prefer to pay via bank transfer or cheque, please message me. I am happy to accept payments via bank transfer or cheque but I will only ship artwork paid for in this way once the funds have cleared into my account so please consider this when ordering.
All pre-made artwork is shipped within 3-5 days of the order being placed. Commissions are shipped once completed and dry. I take great care when packaging my art for shipping. Each piece is wrapped in paper then wrapped in bubble wrap before being secured in either a cardboard box or a padded envelope depending on the paintings size. Larger works on paper may be shipped rolled into a tube to protect the painting. Small works and prints will be shipped Royal Mail. Larger works ship with either UPS or Fedex. All artworks sent will be insured and tracked. Once I have shipped your parcel you will receive an email with the tracking number.
All prints are ordered from a local printing house when you place your order. These then take 7-14 days before arriving back to me and then being sent to you. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of your print.
All sales are final except in circumstances where the art has been damaged during shipping. Please read all descriptions carefully. Once approved there are no returns on commissioned pieces.
Payments in Installments
I truly believe art should be accessible to all. In some cases I may consider allowing a buyer to pay for their art in up to 3 installments. Please contact me to discuss this. No art is shipped from my studio until full payment has been received.
Donating works to charities
I am happy to donate a select number of works to charities that are close to my heart each year. Please contact me to discuss your request.
I try my best to represent the colours of my works honestly. Different monitors may show colours slightly differently. If you are concerned about this please check the work you wish to buy on several monitors before buying.
Sharing my work / Press
I am happy for others to feature my work on their blogs or social media pages. Please make sure you credit my work to me, credit any additional artists or photographers where appropriate and link back to my site. Please do not share any photographs of my children without first asking me. Please only use exerts from my blog posts with link backs to the original on my website, please do not reproduce whole posts. Don’t forget to share your article with me once it is published, I would love to see it.
I retain all the rights to my artwork even after sale and including commissioned original paintings. I retain the right to make reproductions of all my works unless the collector has purchased the full rights to the painting. If you wish to purchase the full rights to your painting, please discuss this with me.
It is not permitted to reproduce my work or use it for profit without my written permission.