Hello, I hope everyone is doing well. It's been a busy couple of months for me, I've been doing lots of commissions (so much fun to do!) getting ready for shows, and I did a video interview! I kinda wish I spent a little more time decorating my work space, but alas! I'm still really happy with how it came out. Thank you so much JC Tovar!
Something very exciting, and just in time for the winter holidays, is that I'm now offering giclée prints. My first one is of Unify, shown of the left. They were done with a local Austin company, Skyline, and are super beautiful! They are 12"x15 and printed on fine art paper.
If you are interested in buying a print, you can order one though Paypal now. Please message me at klcjenkinon@gmail to receive an invoice. I have only a few of these left, so if you want your's before the holidays, now is the time to order!
Also in the near future, I will be doing prints of other works, so if there is a painting that you would love to own as a print, please let me know and I will try and make that happen. And then, in the new year of 2014, I will for the first time ever be taking commissions. If there is something that you want painted by me, be it wolves, foxes, bears, mice, dogs, cats, people, places, or anything else, I will do so at only $1 an inch + additional cost of materials.
A big thank you to everyone for all of the love and support. Happy Holidays!
For of those that know me personally, you will know that I am not a big fan of winter, despite (or rather because of) growing up in Alaska. I've been known to shiver at anything below 70 degrees. When people ask me why I moved to Austin, I credit the warm climate.
For the past week of so, it's been cold though. Not really cold, just about 50 degrees. I remember winters from my childhood where it reached -50 degrees, and we would still have to go to school. On days like that, it was so cold that science inclined teachers would sacrifice a pot of coffee to show the effects of differing temperatures.
Thankfully, it'll never get that cold in Austin.
I've recently started a new project called For Displaced Mountain People. It's some of my line drawings of mountains on acid-free notecards. Each one is hand drawn, and therefore unique and one of a kind.
I started making these because I know others, like myself, who grew up around mountains, and after living in a city without them, miss them. They are meant to be given as gifts to these people, which is why I choose notecards to draw on. They will be for sale soon, around $13 each.
So send someone a mountain.
We long for the past, and yearn for the future and I'm usually stuck somewhere between these two states. Lately I've been wanting the future. The future where I'm successful, the future where I am fully actualized, the future where I can judge from experience and know just what it is that I am doing.
I've been working on getting my art career going. After art school I didn't really do much of anything for about two years aside make lattes and wait tables. Since moving to Austin I've sense picked up the brush again and started painting more. At first I thought it was because I was newly inspired by the city, now I think it was my way of coping. It became a way to exclude myself from all the noise and drama. I feel a sense of stillness similar to mediation when I paint.
The thing most people remark on when they see my work is how detailed it is. Honestly, I don't believe that I could paint any other way. I need those tiny dots to get lost in. I need to spend over 20 hours on a 12" painting for me to feel invested in it. When someone sees my paintings, it is my goal for them to get as close to it as possible. Large works forces you to step away to take it all in, while smaller works forces the viewer to step close to appreciate. Because my work focuses on nature and its actual shrinking, I also feel it fitting to make smaller works as it makes them less valuable than large works, but also more precious.
When I studied in Ireland in 2008, artist Alice Maher (whom I greatly, greatly admire) said that I was a sentimental artist. At the time I didn't know how to take it. I was having a hard time in school, finding my voice and sentimentality didn't seem as interesting as cynicism. Now I think sentimentalists are needed. We need protectors who hold on to the small precious things.
I grew up in Alaska, and I believe that this has formed my opinions on the importance of the loss of nature. On family outings and field trips in school, we would often go to glaciers, most often Portage Glacier. When I was a child, you could easily view the glacier from the viewing platform. It was close enough to feel as if you could jump to it. Now to view the glacier you have to take a boat to see it.
We long for the past when it stops being assessable to us.
Kelsey Jenkinson is a 27 year old artist in currently living and working in Austin, Texas.