Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenny Medlock.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m Jenny, and I rescue things: discarded bottles, old candy boxes, beat up toys, hand-me-down trays … all of these items (and many more) live in my studio stash waiting to be re-imagined into something new. (To be honest, my workspace sometimes looks like the Island of Misfit Toys with odd pieces of fluff and stuff scattered about in various states of becoming.) I have a long history as a rescuer – including more cats than I’ll admit to and a husband (aka Lochinvar) who has hung around for 25 years.
While I’ve always loved to cut, color, draw, and create, life took me in a different direction, and after spending several years writing for my hometown newspaper (The Mountain Press in Sevierville, TN), I decided to become a teacher; and I’ve spent the last 26 years teaching English in public schools in Tennessee, Nevada, and Arizona. As a teacher, a writer, and an artist my goal is to the leave the world (or at least my little corner of it) better than I found it.
Please tell us about your art.
My art is meant to make people happy. If a person looks at something, I’ve created and walks away with a smile, my job is done. I enjoy creating fun, colorful, whimsical pieces from discarded items like raggedy books, torn wallpaper scraps, broken instruments, old calendars, empty bottles, broken toys, and pretty much anything else that might, possibly, in some remote corner of the galaxy be salvaged. People give me cast off bits of “stuff” they find when they clean out their closets, and I am a regular at Goodwill half-price Saturday events. I love the dusty corners of flea markets, and I’ve been known to climb into a dumpster or two to obtain a particular prize. All of these cast off items beckon me to give them a new life and a new home in my work.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Attend some local art shows and pick up a few business cards. Reach out to people via email and social media. Join an artists’ group in your area. There are also many online artists’ communities that provide support and a place to get some friendly feedback.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
A gallery of my work is available on my website thecockeyedcolorist.com. People can see what I’m working on and my latest pieces by following me on Facebook or Instagram @thecockeyedcolorist. Lochinvar and I also attend several art shows throughout the year (which are posted on social media). Anyone interested in purchasing or showing work can contact me through social media or via email at email@example.com.
- Website: thecockeyedcolorist.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecockeyedcolorist/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennyscolors/
Jeffrey Medlock (aka Lochinvar)