Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Anichowski.
Jennifer, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I did my first oil painting when I was eight years old with my grandma. My senior year of high school I auditioned for and was accepted into the Las Vegas Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. After graduation I enrolled into UNLV on a scholarship. Then I lost that scholarship, twice. So I moved to San Diego instead of going back. I’ve lived all over the county, taken painting at City College, gallery studies at Mesa College (with the amazing Professor Moctezuma. Seriously that class is fantastic), and drawing and foundry at Palomar College. A friend and I attended an opening at Distinction Gallery in Escondido one night, almost eight years ago, and I fell in love. I’ve been a studio artist there ever since. I display at least 3 times a year there, during their studio artist show, the “Immortalized” fundraiser, and the fundraiser for their ArtHatch Teen Program. Through their ArtHatch program, I provide mentorship and workshops for the teens. I’ve also displayed at a few of Thumbprint Gallery’s’ pop-up shows in places like Bar Basic and an ice cream shop, and at the House of Blues. Last year I quit my job as a bartender to pursue my art full time, so only good things and upward movement from here!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I create mixed media oil paintings with a general focus animals, both alive and skeletal, spirituality/afterlife ideas, with a bit of humanity thrown in. Mostly I just let the paintings happen and they choose the messages that they want to tell. As for “how” I make a painting, usually coffee, procrastination, and late nights.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I think the overall role of an artist has always been to open people’s eyes, for whatever reason they need to be opened. That hasn’t changed. And as long as artists are allowed to create, that won’t change. It’s what we do, whether we mean for it to happen or not. Personally, I try not to let the current “political climate” affect my work, as I really don’t do political paintings. My work reaches inward instead of outward, so outside events don’t appear to influence the outcome of a painting.
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?
In person people can view my work at Distinction Gallery in Escondido. They are open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. Online one could go to my website, www.janichowski.com, and my Facebook page, facebook.com/redstarlabs. I also have an Instagram, @jennasaurousrex. Any one of those platforms can be used to purchase original paintings.
Prints and trinkets can be had at Redbubble.com or Fineartamerica.com under J. L. Anichowski.
Finally, if anyone wants to be amazing and my new best friend, as well as get a few perks like discounts and inside knowledge, they could become a patron on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/JAnichowski.
- Website: www.janichowski.com
- Phone: (442) 777-3014
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/jennasaurousrex
- Facebook: facebook.com/redstarlabs
- Twitter: twitter.com/RedStarLabs
- Other: www.patreon.com/JAnichowski
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