Monday, January 23, 2012

Scattering joy through paint.fabric.metal

Jenni Horne's byline: scattering joy through paint, fabric.metal reminds me of what creating art does for me - it makes me feel joyful! I love viewing the world through the eyes of another artist and just love the way Jenni depicts the world through her paintings. Spending time with creative people inspires our creative life and that is why I have attended art retreats.  A couple of days in the company of creatives seems to encourage my creative soul to give more time to what I love doing.  I will be meeting Jenni in person at Art and Soul in Virginia Beach at the beginning of March this year, but wanted to get to know her a little before the event and share her with others.

Catherine: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Jenni:  I draw inspiration from so much on a day to day basis.  The class I am teaching at Art and Soul is called, “The American Still Life”.   I am drawn to the simplicity of these subjects; trucks, bikes, campers, old phones, etc.  To me they symbolize gentle reminders to slow down, remember the past and look forward to the future.
Catherine: After art, what else is your passion?
Jenni: I am a sucker for decorating our home.  We just moved into a new house so I am having a wonderful time making our home a nest to enjoy. 

Catherine:  What type of classes do you like to take at Art and Soul
Jenni: I love to make jewelry.  Although I am a painter by trade, jewelry making is truly a passion.  I try and take at least one class every retreat to build my skill level.
Catherine: What aspect of teaching do you love the most?
Jenni:  I love inspiring others to create beautiful works of art.  I do not encourage “cookie cutter” art in my classes, but rather encourage students to find their own voice in the creative journey.  I always tell my students in the beginning of class that I am here to guide them through the art making process.  In the end, it is not my goal for them to create a “Jenni Horne”, but rather a piece from their own hands  that is the voice from within them.  Of course as a student they are there to learn from my experiences as a painter, and through a day’s workshop we explore many techniques and materials together.  Always however, the end goal is for my attendees to leave inspired, and full of enthusiasm for a medium I love.  With this knowledge my hope is that they continue to build their creative journey at home.

Catherine: Do you have a favorite technique? 
Jenni: I’ve actually developed my own painting technique over the years.  It combines the skills I learned in the print making studio, painting studio with acrylics and my love of encaustics, without the hot wax!  The end result is truly unique.

Catherine: Do you work in a planned or intuitive way?  How would you describe your approach?
Jenni: As a child I loved the plastic viewfinder toy.  You could click frame to frame at your own pace, flipping fast through lesser exciting images and staying for a spell on the ones that captivated your imagination.  My creative journey is much like this.  I have on my art desks always more than one project.  It allows me to seamlessly flow from project to project, as well as being a better use of my time.  It is not uncommon for a body of 5 paintings to be worked on at once.  They all get texture and carving, they all get cool colors, they all get warm colors, they all get collage at once.etc...  They are all a part of the wheel….and in the end help to create the story I am telling through my art.

Jenni, thank you for sharing your creative process with me.  And I have to let you know that I just love your blog, especially the image of you holding the Paint Something card! And discovering that you just live up the road from me (well sort of) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Visit Jenni's Blog: Jenni Horne Studios


Joanne Huffman said...

I'm really beginning to get excited about Art & Soul (and meeting up with you).

Catherine Anderson said...

Yes Joanne! I'm looking forward to spending time with you and hearing all about your trip to South Africa! And being in the creative bubble of Art and Soul.

Creative Soul Juice - Hobby Parent said...

Really looking forward to Art & Soul... So glad to read these interviews so I can "meet" these artists before I get there. March will be here soon! ❀ (✿-‿ ◕) ~Hobby

pandamonion said...

neat stuff!

michelle renée bernard said...

Thanks for sharing this interview! I absolutely adore Jenni's American Still Lifes! I really get it when I look at them. The trailer makes me want to go camping and make a hand sewn bunting for the site as I sit by the fire.

Corinne said...

I have been wanting to do a prayer flag bunting in my studio for a while, Lenni's cool piece reminded me. Maybe today will be the day!

Corinne said...

I have wanted to do a prayer flag bunting for my studio for a while. Lenni's piece may have inspired me to try it today.

Catherine Anderson said...

Comment from Cindy Bettinger:
"wow - painting and jewelry - my two favorites also! I'm glad to hear that someone else is passionate about both - the guilt over being divided is already lifting from my shoulders!"

pandamonion said...

neat stuff. Love the interview and the paintings. Paint fabric and metal are some of my favorite things. Can't wait..just over a month away...ellen

Terri said...

I get all creative feeling just reading your post about Jenni. Painting and jewelry, two fabulous creative outlets, and her paintings are so amazing, as I am sure her jewelry is too.

Janet said...

I've met Jenni at the Vegas and Portland Art and Soul on Vender Night - you have an orange truck I love! I need to get in a class with her - love all the colors in the paintings.