1. How would you describe your style?
I strive for a balance in my work. My style is loose and somewhat raw without being too messy. Thematically my work expresses feelings of isolation, loss, and grief balanced with innocence, hope, and strength. If art can make people feel less alone, and more united in our existence, I believe it is successful.
2. What or who inspires you?
I'm inspired by dreams, animals, nature, dance, music, dolls, colors, patterns, and beauty in general. People inspire me who stay strong and positive despite the debilitating challenges that life can deliver. I'm also inspired by people who live boldly, often going against societal norms in order to express their personal truth, and give voice to those who have been marginalized.
3. When do you feel the most creative?
I'm the most creative when I can let go of fear about the outcome of a painting, or the fear of messing it up. When I can work in a state of freedom, my creativity flows.
4. What can we expect to see from you at Jackalope?
You will see many original paintings ranging from very small to large, as well as a large selection of prints.
5. What's the coolest artistic tip you've ever received?
I coolest artistic tip I have received was in my early months as a painter, I had a short conversation with an established artist friend about the background of a painting on which I was working. He described the background as being responsible for creating the world in which my character would live. This incredibly simple, and yet obvious, idea revolutionized my understanding of the backgrounds in my work.
Find out more about Jen Herling at: http://www.jenherlingart.com/