Today I’m interviewing guest artist Jennifer Ahern
Jennifer is a watercolor artist who loves creating whimsical, colorful, and nature-inspired works of art. Her online shop is Jennifer Ahern Art, where you will find both original artwork and archival quality prints.
“I have loved art-making as far back as I can remember. One of my first “paintings” was of a bouquet of flowers that I made before I could even really write! Having the creative bug, I dreamed of being an art teacher or an artist growing up, and I made art whenever and wherever possible.”
After receiving her Masters of Science in Art Therapy, she worked as an art therapist for adults with various stages of dementia.
“Always creating and selling my art on the side, ” says Jennifer, “I eventually transitioned into selling my art full-time, specializing in watercolor paintings.”
Jennifer, if you could give any advice to an artist or crafter, what would it be?
“My advice for other artists is to have patience. It takes a long time and a lot of hard work to build a business! I am still in the early stages of building up my own business, but I am currently on track with where I would like it to be and can see a future in what I am doing. Be patient by trusting yourself and trusting the process!”
Here are two of Jennifer’s watercolor paintings.
1.December Hustle and Bustle
My inspiration for this piece came from thinking about the month of December. To me, December is a wonderful time of the year filled with holiday joy, time with family and friends, and delicious food. But it is also a BUSY time of the year! Despite there being no silvery colors in the painting, I actually had the song, “Silver Bells,” in my head while painting this. The song makes me think of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so I tried to capture that in this painting.
2. California Quail (Pictured at Top)
I am currently doing a series of watercolor paintings in which I am painting all of the U.S. state birds. This is the state bird of California called the California Quail. It is a beautiful blue and brown feathered bird, and, as you can see, it is a very unique looking bird. I really enjoyed painting this one, and I think that it has a very playful aspect to it.
Official website: http://www.jenniferahern.com/
Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JenniferAhernArt
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