Description Print of Charcoal on Parchment. Created in Manitoba Canada during a summer camping trip. That intense look as the sun makes you squint and the wind of the parries blow across your skin can only be experienced in Manitoba.
Jennifer Mattka Member Since May 2015 Artist Statement I've been an artist my whole life. From a very young age my Grandmothers both encouraged me toward sculpture and drawing. Of course my more reasonable Mother decided that artists can't make a decent living and encouraged me to pursue other interests - however I never gave it up.
I have won awards throughout the years for my work as early as the age of 7 for a rendition I did of Peter and the Wolf. From that point on, even though I pursued those reasonable goals, I always had a sketch pad or paints or some sort of soap stone to release the artist within me.
Among 3 majors, I studied Fine Art at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario Canada surrounded by farmland, the rich cultures of St. Jacobs, Elmira and Elora. I gained an appreciation for the beauty of us as Canadians and our Magnificent Landscapes in my travels after obtaining my degree. I do Photography, Sculpture, Painting, and Drawing of anything I come across in my travels. Each piece has a very important significance relating to Canada or being Canadian.
I also went on to become a Chef and a not so bad amateur musician. Today I combine all of my passions into my daily living. I am a child of the arts and it consumes me in some for every day. I am always exploring each of my arts and always learning from every experience.
My influences are obviously the Group of 7, Ken Danby, Georgia O'Keeffe with a dash of Monet tossed in for good measure. I do consignment work regularly now.. and my life has never been so joyful since I gave my will to my gifts.