Description Connections is a drawing where I really tried to go outside of my boundaries as an artist. I tried to create variety with the lines and used bright colors in the background to give the impression of light and radiance. The theme is supposed to be about relationships, about love. My inspirations were old Japanese paintings and Nouveau artwork. My medium of choice were Prismacolor pencils for their blending ability and because I liked how I could get a smooth texture for the background and floral designs.
Jennifer Johnson, Murfreesboro, TN Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement My name is Jen and I am a freelance illustrator/cartoonist located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Most of my work is influenced by Nouveau art, vintage art posters, Impressionism, Japanese graphic novels and calligraphy. I have been drawing since I was about three or four years old and other than a few art classes in high school and college, I am entirely self taught. My parents were always impressed with my work (of course) and even when my mother was dying of cancer, she still wanted to see what I was currently drawing in my notepad. For a decade afterward, my father continued to push me to pursue art until he too passed away a few years ago. Now I do art for myself, not for my parents, not for my friends, and not for school. I would like for people to see my work and take something away from it, whether it's a new idea, a new perspective, or a new appreciation for a style that they never considered before. My writing is inspired by many different styles such as stream-of-consciousness or understatement. Topics that usually pop up in my work are gender, feminism, humanitarianism, etc. I also try to aspire to zen and Taoism and use their teachings to keep me going. I hope you enjoy my work.