Last time you ate a pancake?
Favorite day of the week?
Favorite website besides your own?
I have an ongoing crush on Camilla Engman’s work: www.camillaengman.com
Give us a brief description of you and your work:
I have a large collection of old photographs that I work from. I rummage through the photos until I come across something that interests me. I use the photographs as reference; the paintings aren’t copies of the photographs but a place of departure. Once the figures have been painted I find a new environment for them and decide if they need to have any friends join them.
Sometimes I have a large group of photos from one family and I try to piece together their lives, or watch them age through their annual Christmas photos. I like to think I’m giving them another life through the paintings. It’s not literal, of course, but I do feel like I’m bringing them back to life in a way.
What’s your goal as an artist?
My current goal is to find time to paint!
When did you first start painting and creating, and when did you first consider yourself an artist?
I was always a creative kid. I made animals out of wax and toothpicks and fake fingernails out of glue (creative or creepy?). I started painting in high school and have kept at it since then. I think other people get to tell you when you’re an artist.
Why do you choose to show your artwork on Plywerk?
The original paintings are oil on board. Having prints mounted on Plywerk perfectly replicates the original work. And they look so good!
From where do you draw inspiration and how do you choose the subjects in your paintings? Are these based on people that you know or have known?
Old photographs collected from friends, family, and anywhere else I can find them. I have a friend who buys estates and he’ll usually send unwanted photographs my way. Some of the people in the paintings are family and friends, but most of them are strangers.
When you sit down to create, do you have a vision of where you want it to go or is it free flowing?
Free flowing is a good description. I rarely know what direction the paintings will take at the start, and that’s part of the joy of creating them.
Does where you live influence your work?
There’s not a lot of landscape in my work, but what there is comes in part from long walks around my sparsely populated neighborhood. Local characters also leave impressions that find their way into the paintings.
Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve created and if so, why is it your favorite?
I like so many of them for different reasons. Percolate is one of my favorites (pictured below). I like the contrast between the detail and the lack of it.
What was the last full album you listened to?
I just went on a road trip and found myself listening to everything Andrew Bird. It’s an addiction I hope to someday overcome.
Breakfast cereal of choice?
Does oatmeal count? I like it with maple syrup and tahini. It’s like halvah oatmeal; you might want to try it!
What kind of jelly do you like on your PB&Js?
Favorite Golden Girl?
Betty White’s been getting a lot of attention lately but I'm partial to the spunkiness of Estelle Getty.
More about Jennifer
Jennifer Burton lives in a small rural town in Northern Vermont across the street from a river and down the road from a sugar shack. Her work draws on imagery from old photographs found in family albums, both her own and those of others. Figures are given a newfound life, a new dress size, or relocated from a living room to the beach. Her paintings can be found in houses, on book covers, and on one Starbucks mug.
Win a Jennifer Burton print on Plywerk
Post a comment below and you will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a Jennifer Burton print mounted on 3/4″ bamboo Plywerk!!! We’ll select a winner at random at the end of the month so make sure you come back to the blog in early June to see if you won and to check out the new featured artist! We’ll ship it anywhere in the continental US for free. If you win and need it shipped internationally, you’re on the hook for shipping costs. Sorry to be so mean.