ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Painting with Jewelry
Jennifer is an ecoconscient New Jersey artist who loves to create scenes full of visual and textile interest. Her concern for the environment fused with her love for creativity, led her to repurposing fun and unique treasures, by turning them into art.
A Chilean born and self-taught artist, Jennifer has taken a diverse journey over the creativity map. From her early years she experimented with ceramic painting, clay modeling, jewelry making, clothes designing, sewing, cake decorating, and owning an art & gifts store. Believing in fair trade, she pioneered an artist cooperative shop in Lafayette, New Jersey featuring local artists and artisans as well as fair trade items from around the world. She has now set her efforts to “Painting with Jewelry”.
Jennifer finds her inspiration in nature, creating underwater life stories, gardens and day/night scenic landscapes. She also gets inspired by the jewelry itself as she lets the pieces of jewelry tell her what they want to be. Some of the jewelry become faces, while others become trees or animals. She also creates city skylines, embellished keepsake boxes, and desk accessories.
Every piece of artwork in the collection is handmade and designed by Jennifer. Each piece of jewelry is thoughtfully chosen, then carefully and gracefully placed to create a story. No two artworks are ever identical.
Jennifer very much enjoys what she does and she hopes it shows in what she creates. She wants to inspire others to make earth friendly choices by purchasing art made with the environment in mind.
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