Hi Jen, your work is absolutely amazing and so inspiring. I'm not sure if you've gotten this question before, sorry if you have but I've always been really into trying out painting but I am absolutely terrified of the medium. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to begin painting but has no idea where to start? or perhaps any book suggestions for learning to paint? Thank you so much :) take care!
For me, having a plan before starting a painting is key. make a sketch, take a photo, and work from that. experiment with paint, because you will develop your own style, and thats the quickest way to finding how you will use the medium.
At first I want to say that your pictures are just really amazing and I really do like your work! My question is how old are you ? & Your art studio looks like it would be based in New York at a penthouse, isn´t it?
I am 26 years old. I live and work in Toronto. My studio is in an old factory in Toronto, which has not been renovated by big corporations yet, so I lucked in to the spot. It is a perfect place for me to paint, and i wish i could be here forever.
Your pieces are incredibly inspiring. I have a few of your works in an archive of reference images and inspirational pieces! But, I have a question. You seem to put a base color when working on your pieces, and then draw the details of the image with a while pencil/pen. What medium are your works usually in, and do you suggest drawing out the details before or after you apply a base color? How long do your works usually take, and how much paint do you use on 1 piece?
The base colour is achieved by using acrylic paint mixed in with my last layer of gesso - I then use white conte pencil to do the outlines of the images. My paintings are all oil. I don’t know how much paint I typically use, not much though, since my paintings are fairly smooth and use a thin application of paint. My works take a varying amount of time - some take a day, some take a couple weeks. A lot of my time is spent in process work before I even start to paint.
have you ever tried to paint a poc? your skin tones are always really nice and i bet you could do darker skins really well
I have been asked this many times. Until recently I had not had the opportunity, Then I was asked to do a commissioned portrait of Oprah for New York Magazine. … The thing that I realized was that it was exactly the same. When I paint someone, they are no longer defined by their skin tones. They become pink, blue, purple, orange, and everyone looks the same. The people that I paint just happen to be my family and people who are around my house often. I happen to be white, so most of my paintings are of white people.