I call myself an artist. Graduating with my BFA in Art and Design in 2003 would probably qualify this statement. But, the challenge is in continuing to practice creativity. After graduation, I set up a mural painting business and I continue to gain commissions on canvas and walls - but I haven't created a full personal portfolio of fine art. This is my goal! My professional portfolio is available on my website at www.jbmurals.com.
At the start, this blog has a few different purposes for me. I want to be able to update my portfolio myself and have full creative control. Also selfishly, I need accountability to create my own artwork on a regular basis. My mural business keeps me pretty busy on top of home schooling two of my four children! I am also looking forward to encouraging other artists!
In my fine art I love to incorporate collage and printing with paint. I am experimenting with a variety of media right now that I can't wait to share. I have a rich background of painting, ceramics, fiber and drawing. I favor bold, dark colors and abstracted designs. My hope is that movement is also apparent in my work with the aid of brush strokes and texture. I also love to explore different techniques to stimulate creativity. Inspiration comes to me from text, especially from the Bible, song, nature or anything unique that piques my interest. A love of layered meaning is hidden in my work. It is deeply personal.