I have always been artistic. From a very young age I loved to draw and add color to everything I saw: a piece of paper, a table, a wall (sorry Mom!), a toy or a doll. These days, I tend to work small, mostly abstract pieces on clay board and specialty papers, though once in a while my brain will go big.
My ideas come from what I see around me and from how those images make me feel. I’m attracted to strong lines – actual and implied – and to deep contrasts. I’m most moved by things that grow or have some sort of living pulse – a tree, a bird, a boat on water. I often start with an image, or the memory of an image, and let it click through my circuitry, then I color, scratch and emphasize till a new piece arises.
I have a degree in Fine Arts and Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Hunter College in New York City. I’ve worked as an Arts Therapy Instructor and as SVA’s Art Therapy Internship Coordinator. My work has been shown in numerous galleries in New York City and in Portland, OR.
Jenny Johnpoll, Artist