Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenna Boraby.
Jenna, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Well, back in 2014 as a Navy wife and stay at home mom, I had an 11-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, so I was constantly on the go with our three kids. Like most moms, I didn’t really have time for myself but knew I needed and wanted some sort of outlet. So one night I grabbed some wood that we had laying around, started sanding it and painted it and made my first sign. It was a “HOME” sign, but instead of the “O,” it had the state of California. I posted it on some Facebook pages, and within 5 minutes it had sold, and I also got a bunch of other orders for signs like it. It motivated me and made me feel good that people liked my work and that I was also able to bring some extra money in to help out too. I started getting custom orders and have worked with some amazing people and have even made some wonderful new friends! Here it is now 2019, and I have grown so much and still love what I do. For me, it is fun and relaxing. I never knew I was capable of creating such beautiful signs, but sometimes you surprise yourself…I know I did!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make hand painted custom wood signs. I love coming up with new ideas for signs to make, but I also get a lot of customers who come to me with a vision, and we come up with something together, and then I make it happen. I have also made logo signs for businesses or events, which is always a challenge because it has to be spot on, but I love a challenge! I have to say that my favorite part about what I do is when I get a customer who wants something made for a special occasion or a special moment in their life. I’ve made signs for weddings, adoptions, retirements, graduations, and loss of a loved one. I think those are all so meaningful to me because I know how much that sign means to that person or family. I love that I get to be a tiny part of people’s journeys. I put a lot of time and energy into each sign I make, so when I see the customer so happy with what I made for them, it keeps me inspired and motivated to keep doing what I do.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
With all that is going on in the world today, yes, I think that the role of artists has changed. It seems like you can’t get away from all the negative things going on in the world. I think that artists feed off of the good and bad that goes on around them. No matter where we live, there is always going to be things that affect us personally, and as artists, we are able to use our art to reflect our feelings or emotions. Nowadays, we have the power of social media to get our statements across in our art, wherever and to whoever we want. That is huge because artists haven’t always had that advantage. We have the power to make art and make a statement no matter how big or how small.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I work out of my home, but anyone can go to my Facebook or Instagram page, Jenna’s Custom Signs of Coronado, where they can see all the signs I have made and also message me if they would like to put an order in or ask any questions.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/jennascustomsignsofcoronado
- Facebook: https://Facebook.com/jennascustomsigns