My life has been full of change and emotions for the past year and a half. I have not had the drive to create until recently. It is not uncommon for artists to create in cycles. Some of us are more consistently creative. I am one of those artists that create in cycles. Part of that is the responsibilities of life. I run out of time. I’m exhausted. It’s a struggle for balance. At times it’s a struggle for motivation like this past year and a half. But the chaos of this journey is starting to calm and my desire to create is reviving. It’s a beautiful thing to feel like ones self again. It couldn’t come at a better time. What I mean is that the work I am creating is different than the work I was creating a year and a half ago. I think it’s better. The Krispy Kreme project allowed me to push myself and explore some mixed media elements I had been hesitant to try. After the project I wanted to expand my selection of pieces and incorporate small pieces as well as the large pieces I had been focusing on.The larger pieces don’t move as fast and take longer to create. I want people who can’t afford a $300 or $400 piece to be able to enjoy my art. Let’s face it, all artists need to sell their work. I am no different. I’m running out of wall space and while compliments are welcome, they don’t pay the bills. It costs money to make art. And it costs money to store art. I read the books written by installation artist Judy Chicago when I was younger. She was writing to pay for the storage of her large installation pieces that she could not place permanently in a museum. Now I find I can totally relate. My work is getting older. It’s not meant to be carried from show to show. With every move there is more risk of damage. All I really want is for someone to be enjoying it in their home or office. My art may not be great. It may not appeal to everyone. But with each piece, I grow and the work improves. And to those who have invested in my work, I am grateful you are enjoying it every day.
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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.