Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Jennifer Davis and I am a painter. I was born, raised and have lived my whole life (34 years) in Minnesota. I live in Minneapolis with my BF of 14 years, Brad, and our cat (also of 14 years), Nudge. I graduated from the U of MN with a BFA in painting and drawing in 1998 and have been “working” as an artist full-time for about 6 years.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I spend a lot of time on creative pursuits but I also love to eat, read, watch movies, walk around and around the lake by my house, travel, do silly photo shoots, go to art openings, drink cheap beer in bars with my friends…
What first made you want to become an artist?
I had never even thought about “becoming an artist” until I took my first drawing class in college. I was so hooked. I proceeded to take every kind of art class offered at my school: painting, ceramics, photography, printmaking, sculpture, etc. I enjoyed them all but painting was my favorite.
Please describe your creative process how, when, materials, etc.
I don’t have a very specific art making process. I basically just sit down and start doodling. I usually paint on panels but have lately been working more with paper. I draw and then paint over things, draw some more and sand/scrape things away until some sort of narrative starts to emerge. Found images and the funny things that people say and do often inspire me. I try to do some artwork every day. Loooong Minnesota winters are great for hibernating in the studio. Summer, not so much.
What handmade possession do you most cherish?
My most cherished handmade possession is a little dress and matching coat that my mom made for me when I was about 2 years old. (Here is a photo of me wearing it)
Name your top five books, movies, songs/musical groups, and web sites besides Etsy.
This is like trying to pick a favorite color! There are just too many good ones.
How about some stories?
– A Hunger Artist by Kafka
– A Weary Hour by Thomas Mann
– The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
– Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor
– Paul Bowles, Cormac McCarthy…and so on.
I am a movie fanatic and watch 4 or 5 or more each week. Too many to list but I typically prefer “Neo-Neo-Realism” (a term I stole from the NY Times) and documentaries. I like my books and movies dark, dark, dark!
My favorite singers are Nina Simone and Brad Senne (my aforementioned BF)
I like websites!
– flickr.com/commons (endless inspiration)
– mocoloco.com/art/ (contemporary art)
– tinyshowcase (new $20 art prints each week)
– thesartorialist(pretty people and clothes)
– fecalface.com/SF (not at all disturbing like it sounds)
What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?
My favorite features are the selections on the front page. It is a great way to sample what is available on Etsy.
There are several features I would like to see on Etsy:
– A warning notice when items in my shop are about to expire
– Ability to re-organize/re-order the items in my shop (I understand it is in the works.)
– Ability to edit/delete items in my “expired” and “inactive” listings
How do you promote your work?
In addition to my Etsy shop I have a website, a blog, a Flickr page, a twitter page… how’s that for shameless?
In ten years I’d like to be…
playing more, working less.