Here’s a little bit about her:
I have a wonderful large studio in the agricultural land reserved countryside of Richmond BC, where I work full time, have an onsite gallery and host art workshops. I am very passionate about my work and role as an artist in the community and I am involved in many aspects of the arts. I am an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Chair of the Richmond Arts Coalition, curator, juror for art competitions and public art, and teacher. As a child I was able to draw and paint really well and was labeled the ‘class artist’ throughout my school years. I began oil painting at the age of 11 and never stopped. I was awarded an art scholarship in high school and was accepted into the renowned Emily Carr University of Art & Design where I was awarded four more scholarships, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art in 1996. I also studied art history, sculpting and painting as an exchange student in Berlin, Germany. I paint mainly abstract figures and stylized landscapes but I also enjoy representational oil painting, sculpting, designing, doing public art, and building things using; wood, stone, metals, clay, glass, fabric, found objects, really anything that looks interesting to work with.
And here’s how she answered my 6 questions about creativity:
What does it mean to you to be creative?
For me being creative is about visualization and action. When I can physically make something materialize in a form that best expresses that vision.
I love to take on new projects or ideas where I challenge myself, I find that stretches the imagination and new things are discovered. I feel alive when creating, it is my oxygen.
What triggers your creativity?
I am always visiting galleries to see work in person, here in Vancouver and when traveling. It is inspiring to stand in front of a painted or sculpted piece that is well executed and thought out but looks effortless. Art that makes me contemplate how or why it was done, is more memorable. It makes me want to head straight to the studio and get to work.
What hinders your creativity?
Daily responsibilities like cleaning or having to stop and cook dinner. I do love to cook but I prefer doing fancy creative meals for parties or making something for the first time. I have the luxury of being in my studio day or night so I am creating all the time. When I am not painting or sculpting I am in the woodwork shop building canvas stretchers and wood panels, when in my office I am still being creative building websites and working on my photography. So I guess the routine breaks are a good change of pace:-)
What’s the wildest journey your venturesome spirit has taken you on?
I packed up a small knapsack (mostly full of art supplies) and traveled Europe for a year. I attended a Fine Art School in Berlin Germany for 6 months and after that I spent the rest of my time taking trains from small towns to the most amazing cities, exploring all the sites, museums and galleries. I took a thousand photographs and filled many sketch books. I still travel as much as possible, I find it furthers my appreciation and outlook on life.
What does being bold and provocative mean to you?
Being bold has always been used as a descriptive word for my work and my personality. I believe it is a reflection of knowing the results I am after and going for it. To me it is another word for confidence, strength and conviction. My work is all about provoking a response or feeling about the art and the relationships happening within the work. Provocative-ness comes through my figurative work with flirty looks, body language, subtle meanings and innuendo’s. They are snap shots of a story for the viewer to finish. My intention is for my work to have ‘a strong presence’ through a mix of; beauty, boldness, drama, romance, rich colour, meaning, humour, social commentary and originality.
What’s next for you?
Many things are on the go! I have been very fortunate with my artistic career, everything has been going extremely well. I have created a distinct stylized look that I have become known for and I want to expand on that look. Push it to be a bit more abstract but also incorporate bits of realism. I work separately at both at the moment and by combining them I hopefully can create a blend of unique, interesting images and show the diversity that I am capable of. I am also getting back into doing more sculptures. I have been curating many shows for other artists and am looking to expand that with pop up galleries and collaborate with others to organize more shows and art events. I am focusing on projects that feel right to me and that I enjoy doing.
And here’s a couple of artists that inspires Jeanette’s creativity:
Many artists from the past and present inspire me to keep growing and expanding my abilities as an artist. One that stands out from the past is Amedeo Modigliani who used rich jewel tones, strong flowing lines and captures the mood of his subjects with subtle gestures. The other is a contemporary painter, Hessam Abrishami. I have seen both artists work in person and have had my work shown alongside Hessam’s in a California gallery which was very exciting. His work is passionate, colourful, flowing, bold, I just love it, so inspiring!
Be sure to check out more about Jeanette on her website: www.jeanettejarville.com.
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