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Artist Jodi Queenan of Folsom is One to Watch

Aug 25, 2015 11:42AM ● By Style

Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Jodi Queenan creates whimsical drawings as an expression of what’s dearest to her, which is reflected in themes of children, bonds of family, landscapes and animals. “My artwork was always an extension of what’s within my own heart first,” Queenan says. Author and illustrator of the book Twinkle Twinkle, Queenan is also a member of the Folsom Arts Association and showcases her work at the Sutter Street Art Gallery.

HLB: How do you begin a piece? 

JQ: I first sketch my pieces on watercolor paper, sometimes a sketchbook if I’m away from my studio. Next, I use permanent black pen to trace over the lines I want to keep, and then add watercolors. I also use pencils, acrylic paint and collage paper—depending upon the piece—then scan it into Photoshop. I usually sell open and limited editions; to date, I’ve sold over 1,300 pieces and shipped all over the world.

HLB: What inspires your art? 

JQ: I try to share the love and hope that my relationship with Christ has given me, within my paintings and without words.

HLB: What medium do you prefer? 

JQ: I love all different mediums, but I usually fall back to my pen and ink illustrations, which is artist lingo for a Sharpie and a set of watercolors. They’re portable, and I can move through my house or anywhere to work on a piece while watching my little boy play.

HLB: How’d you get your start? 

JQ: I began as a professional photographer. Eventually, my need to try new things led me to pen and watercolor. I loved how I could enjoy art independently without needing a subject. People bought my pieces and it just evolved.

HLB: If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?  

JQ: That’s simple: I’m an elementary school teacher, and I love it. My students are a joy!

HLB: What would you tell your students who want to study art?

JQ: Be true to yourself and create because it brings you hope and joy, or perhaps it’s something you need to communicate to the world, but be shrewd as well. Study marketing and understand what people want and buy—it’s a balance.

by Heather L. Becker 

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