We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Wood and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, how does your business help the community or world?
Historically artists and their work have always been a marker for what is happening at significant points in history. Artists have always had a “voice” in our society and are very blessed to have the opportunity to bring awareness to social issues, environmental issues, and to bring light to amazing people and beings, like Ghandi And Jesus! I know that Archeologists and Anthropologist’s study artists work for historical information about real life events, clothing styles and buildings. Paintings are a sample of life of days past, that we are able to see and experience in the present. Pretty powerful to have your creations have an effect on future generations. I love the honesty of creativity, and we all know the world needs more of that. Being a painter I feel like I can bring about change in a myriad of ways, I can create a painting or mural that tells a story, I can create a painting involving many of the social injustices we have going on, or I can quite simply bring joy, or peace to a person or place with a colorful abstraction. This is definitely a win-win situation. At this point many humans feel unseen and alone. I feel lucky, especially at a time like this historically to have a voice through my work, and hopefully to share someone’s story, because their life and story matter to me. J Wood
Please tell us more about your art.
I love telling a story when I paint, behind the colors, shapes, and symbols, more often than not there is a story I’m telling, or an emotion or feeling I’m trying to express. Hearing people’s stories and being able to express it through color and form is exciting to me! I believe the emotion and truth behind anything we create is what gives the piece strength.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
With friends in town I would definitely start the morning eating at Breakfast on Broadway, love all the small independent restaurant on SoBo. From there I would take them either to Washington Park to walk or head up to Morrison for a quick hike. Late afternoon, Rhino, or Sante Fe art district to check out all of the shops, galleries, murals! Ending the day at Easy Float!! I absolutely love and believe in the benefits of floating not only mentally but physically, float tanks are my secret to keeping my creativity flowing!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A huge shoutout to all of my fellow artists who create with honesty and integrity, you inspire me daily. And of course, my family and some great friends and patrons who have supported my work. It really does take a village!
The photograph of me in the cowboy hat was taken by the local photographer Barbara MacFerrin. All other images taken by me.