Jennifer Elaine

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself? What's your background?

My name is Jennifer Elaine. I was born (October 13, 1986) and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, but currently reside in Memphis, Tennessee. My world revolves around my two sons, and I take pride in being an outstanding mother. I graduated from Shelby County High School in 2004 at the top 10% of her class with honors; defied the odds of teenage pregnancy and attended University of Kentucky, later graduating from the University of Louisville with a Bachelors degree. I love God and believe that without Him, I would not be successful.

2. What kind of art do you do?

I create black art using acrylic medium. I plan to dab into oil paint soon. I also sell prints, totes, & handbags with my art on them.

3. What/Who inspires you?

My art is internally driven, like a gateway to the soul. My creativity is inspired by her own passions and emotions.

4. Who are your biggest influences?

Artists that have influenced my passion and drive to create are Pierre Jean-Louis (IG: Pierre_Artista), Brionya James, and Ashley Price (IG: PinkLoMein_).

5. How did you get started & for how long?

God revealed my passion and natural talent of painting in the summer of 2015 after my ankle was fractured in three places making me immobile for 8 weeks. While I was healing, I decided to teach myself how to paint and develop my craft. It was like art therapy: comforting to the bones and soothing to the soul. I have always known how to draw and sketch, but it wasn't until I picked up the paintbrush that I fell in love with creating masterpieces.

6. Do you have any favorite pieces or piece?

My favorite pieces are from my recent Natural Music series. I love them all!

7. What kind of  struggles have you faced as an artist & how did you overcome them?

I had to learn how to solely market to the black community, since I only create black art.  I'm still learning how to market and increase my following, but my fanbase has grown substantially since September 2015.

8. What kind of advice you give other artist?

Promote yourself heavily and never compare your artwork to other artists.

9. What messages do you try to convey through your art?

I love big, natural Afrocentric hair and bright engaging colors. Most of my artwork illustrates the universal awesomeness of black women by celebrating our beauty, power, dopeness, and resilience #BlackGirlMagic. I convey black women in a positive image to uplift us, since we are the most disrespected people in America.  I create images that show our beauty in natural form, since I'm a naturalista with curves myself. We do not have to conform to the European beauty standards.

10. What are your goals? Where do you see your art in the future?

Black art doesn't receive as much exposure and publicity compared to other art genres, so I decided to plan an art showcase. I created and hosted the first Black Art Experience (B.A.E.) in May 2016 to set the platform for black art and increase awareness for black artists in America. The art showcase has been very successful with a record attendance of almost 400 attendees in March 2017. I plan to be a full-time artist in the near future. I'm still working on my inner city after-school arts program for youth in Memphis. I have a lot of big plans for my artwork and will definitely surpass all my goals.

- Jennifer Elaine