“I’ve always liked quiet people: you never know if they’re dancing in a daydream or if they’re carrying the weight of the world”
Good Morning friends,
Today I have a Special Guest Artist with me.
I would like to introduce you to Jenni Zmuda.
I met Jenni as we were both on the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team together. I selected the quote above to start out this post as it reminded me of Jenni. Of all the team members she was the quietest – she just went about doing her thing and sharing her art in her own unique way. I would watch her Instagram stories enjoying the mix of home life – her adorable pets and her art making. Maybe it’s just me but I’m drawn to those who are not all “flash and dash” but just real hometown feel good kinda peeps – and that is what I felt when I watched Jenni’s IG stories. I felt drawn to her, by what seemed to be a simplistic yet very cozy everyday living of life with simple pleasures such as cooking for her family, because that is also how I am, and so the connection began. I was thrilled when Jenni said yes to be interviewed for my blog. I am so very excited too share this inspiring artist chat with all of you. So grab that coffee or tea and enjoy ❤️
Jenni Please tell us a little about yourself:
I grew up in rural Michigan, still live there. I loved to make things and create from a very young age. Unfortunately, I lived in a dysfunctional home where any vulnerability could be used against me at any time, so I didn’t do much creating. What little I did do I hid away. Not until I was in my mid 30’s did I start working more on my art and actually showing it in a public forum. Being an artist can be a very vulnerable thing. Sharing that part of me was not easy, but I’m so glad that I have.
What’s your favorite thing about art – What drives you to be creative?
Do you ever have times when you get creative block? If yes what do you do to get inspired or find your creativity again?
Oh yes, I get creative blocks often. When this happens I try to continue to create one way or another. Either by creating ugly art or by working in my gluebook. Still being involved in art, either through Instagram or Pinterest or magazines. Anything just to keep that spark lit no matter how dimly.
Where can people find your work and connect with you socially?
What’s one thing that people probably don’t know about you?
I’m actually a pretty private person. It really takes a lot for me to be able to share this part of my life. But the response has been overall positive and I’m always glad that I decided to put myself out there and flattered that people are actually interested.
Please Share 2 pieces of your favorite artwork with us and share a little about them
Oh, that’s a toughy. It’s like choosing my favorite child. It feels so wrong. lol If I really had to choose I’d say my favorite is a double paged spread I call Tell Me Why.
This was the first couple pages in a new journal and for some reason that makes me nervous. These pages set the tone for the whole journal and if I mess up, then I might end up messing up the whole journal. Which is silly, of course. I’m not afraid to tear out pages I don’t like. But these two pages were just a disaster. Everything I did looked horrid! Finally I just painted a layer of white paint over everything and went to bed. The next morning it was like a mini-miracle happened. The layers of paint came through the white layer on top and all the layers made for some amazing texture. From there everything just came together and it is by far one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever created.
The second favorite is a mini-art journal page named Heal. I create these from leftover file folders. I call these mini file folders ‘mental health’ art journals because they usually hold some sort of positive message or affirmation. I started by layering on white acrylic paint. Then, without much thought, I layered on some washi tape, an Art Pops card by Roben-Marie Smith, typewritten words and finally a photo I took of the beach. It came together so quickly and easily and I love it and the message it sends.
Do you have some final inspiring words you would like to share?
I think a lot of people think they don’t have the talent to create. This is a lie. I can’t draw a stick person, yet I find great enjoyment in pushing paint around on paper. No rhyme, no rhythm, not much thought – Just doing. So, yes, you can do it – and you should. We can get so caught up in the day to day and forget to carve out time for our own well being. I don’t know where I’d be without art, it’s such an important and positive part of my life.
Thank you so very much Jenni for sharing heart with all of us and inspiring us with your Art!!
Be sure to check out Jenni’s Thankfulness Journals here – the last set sold out in just a couple days so be sure to grab one from this new batch before they are gone!
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