Jenn White

My passion for drawing and painting is life-long.  In the eighties, I began creating wearable art – quite the thing, back then – by painting realistic ‘portraits’ of animals and birds onto T-shirts and windcheaters, which proved surprisingly (to me, at least) popular.  For the next two decades, I used my skills in illustration and graphic design for employers, not for profit organisations, and special interest groups, while still creating art in one form or another in my leisure time.  Yearning to make my mark in a more durable form, I moved from fabric painting to acrylics on canvas and began incorporating mixed media, and collage into much of my work.

In 2008, I began exhibiting in local galleries and entering work into regional art shows in Central Victoria, where I was living at that time.  A year later, a yen to learn new creative skills, a course run by Continuing Adult Education in Castlemaine was made to order.  As well as discovering felt and paper making, life drawing, colour mixing and working with perspective, I was reintroduced to printmaking, something I hadn’t attempted since secondary school.  Passion ignited.  Challenging processes and results unpredictable added to the thrill.  Sure there were failures, but they only inspired me more.

Participation in The Castlemaine State Festival in 2011 proved a revelation.  Not only were visitors to my home studio interested in the age-old processes of printmaking, but they also liked my style.

With very little formal education in art, I have always thrived on experimentation and combining different techniques.  Painting and ‘cutting and pasting’ remain part of my creative expression.  Commissioned murals and the odd illustrating job feed other aspects of creative hunger.  However, there is something addictive about chipping away at a block of wood or slab of lino, the smell of ink and using elbow grease to produce limited edition prints. The learning and experimenting continues, inspired by the various processes and awards received.  A recent move to Sandford, in the Western District, has offered fresh opportunities for friendships within the art community, for broadening others’ knowledge of printmaking and sharing what can be achieved with a lot of persistence and a bit of daring.  Conducting workshops is a new and enjoyable challenge.  Where to next is anyone’s guess.

Predominantly a printmaker, Jenn creates in a variety of art forms. Love and respect for nature feature in much of her work, as does her passion for preservation. Jenn’s work encompasses limited edition wood and lino cuts, paintings, mixed media, curios, artist’s books and practical items.
Never bored in the studio.

Location

The Hatchery Studio, 5940 Portland-Casterton Road, Sandford, VIC, 3312

Jenn White

The Hatchery Studio, 5940 Portland-Casterton Road, Sandford, VIC, 3312

Predominantly a printmaker, Jenn creates in a variety of art forms. Love and respect for nature feature in much of her work, as does her passion for preservation. Jenn’s work encompasses limited edition wood and lino cuts, paintings, mixed media, curios, artist’s books and practical items.

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Links

www.aptmedium.com.au
www.aptmedium.com.au/hatchery/
www.linkedin.com/
artistsofthevalleycasterton.wordpress.com/
www.facebook.com/AptMedium

Membership of Organisations

Artists of the Valley Inc.

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