Art is Jenny Foster's passion and so it is no surprise that she is one busy artist. She has work on display in galleries all over the United States and every year she showcases her art at Fine Art shows and conventions such as SurTex in New York City.Jenny’s artistic style is primitive and contemporary, embellished with joyful colors and abstract forms and symbols. Her artwork is a celebration of colors, creatures, and the spirit of life.Jenny is a native Arizonan who was born to parents named Jack and Jill and, funny enough, the family lived on a hill! Jenny has been painting since she was seven and shestudied Fine Art at Arizona State University.

Recently, she spoke about her experiences working as an artist and her hopes for the future:

Blasting News: What influenced you to become an artist?

Jenny Foster (JF): I was seven when I had an easel and oil paints. I didn’t want to play with dolls, just paint. Painted my bedspread, my clothes, my dog, anything in sight. A person is born artistic. It is completely innate and cannot be taught. The technique can be learned, but if one is born artistic, they have absolutely no choice but to create. We may have other jobs, other obligations, but in our core—art is our connection to our soul and we have no choice other than to express that in various forms of individual creativity whether it be on canvas, greeting cards, textiles, etc.

It is a complete uncontrollable passion that is always exciting and challenging to me.

BN: In terms of subject matter, what is your art about and what inspired the ideas for them?

JF: PLAY is the theme in my work. It is simply meant to bring a bit of joy and whimsy in a light-hearted way. I often like to tie in a clever title, name, or quip for fun.

The challenge is to speak to the heart while keeping it simple yet strong. My work is a celebration of color, creatures, and the spirit of life.

BN: As far as working in illustration and art, what has been your most rewarding experience so far?

JF: My most rewarding experience happens when people smile as they view my work.

It is simply meant to bring a bit of joy to the observer’s life—kind of a childlike happiness we all once knew. If I can evoke that happiness in someone for a moment and take them away from the everyday stress life offers, I feel I have succeeded--it’s as simple as that.

BN: How did you get into greeting cards? Was it hard to break into the stationary field?

JF: My own art expresses itself through various mediums one being greeting cards/stationary—a perfect fit for my style and expression.

BN: What would be your “dream project” if you could work on anything?

JF: I’m pretty much living my dream. Few things compare to completely letting your imagination run wild—allowing my brush or pen to take over, watching new images simply emerge, capturing the moment.

I’m not sure I have much to do with it -- it’s almost like something takes complete control. I just watch it unfold.

BN: Are there any up and coming projects that you would like to mention?

JF:Quite a number of exciting things brewing at the moment! I have taken a serious and professional step into licensing my art and have partnered with JAM Brands, Andrew Menceles President. We are very excited and have made a lot of progress in the last number of months with tons of opportunities coming our way.

BN: Where do you hope to be, career wise, in ten years?

JF: In ten years I hope to be doing pretty much what I’m doing now although jumping full speed ahead into the licensing world has added a completely new dimension and excitement to my world.

Partnering with an agent has helped me focus and with JAM Brand’s experience and connections, the possibilities are limitless and endless.

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