There is just not enough time. I have so many ideas that I’d like to explore but I know in my lifetime I will not create all the ideas in my head. I work a full time job that is not art related and also a part time job. That cuts into creating but it affords me a place to live and puts food on the table. Of course, like every artist out there, I dream of being able to have the luxury of making a living from my art. But the reality is I receive more compliments than sales. Perhaps it’s the type of art I create or the area that I live in. The economy definitely is a factor. Not to mention the art field is very competitive. I am not able to create at the volume others do because I am not wealthy and I have to work outside of my artistic endeavors to survive. Art fairs, competitions and even exhibitions all cost money. It’s difficult for the working artist to compete against the artists who can focus their energy on their craft and have the resources to promote themselves. But I won’t stop creating. And fame is not what I seek as an artist. I want others to enjoy what I create. For the work to spark memories or happiness. Art is meant to be shared.
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I'm Jennifer Nichols, a mixed media artist from North Carolina. I enjoy capturing the essence of nature through a variety of materials. I incorporate found objects such as strainers and bottle caps into my work. I am drawn to these items but it is also important to me to do my part to protect our environment by keeping things out of the land fill.