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WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!

I’m Melissa – an artist living and working out of an old stone farm house in Erin, Ontario, Canada

WHAT DO YOU MAKE?

I create abstract paintings inspired by my natural surroundings and wall hangings created from repurposed barn board, firewood, and bark.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS MAKER?

I was a high school teacher for several years before I began painting. I would say that I was always a creative person, from a musical and artistic family, but I didn’t begin painting till about 10 years ago. A good friend of mine and a very talented artist @kylahkussmannart began painting with me to help guide me through the loss of a pregnancy. I was immediately hooked on the magical feeling that arises from creating a piece of art.

WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?

I feel as though I can say with confidence that my style is completely my own. I have learned to pinpoint the lines in nature and translate this movement into abstract landscape paintings. The wall hangings that I create from firewood and bark are utterly unique as they are created from an invasive species that creates tunnels along the wood and bark. I also ensure that my prices are affordable and that there is a story behind each piece of art.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE

I live in a lovely rural setting in an old stone farm house surrounded vibrant landscapes. My studio is framed by windows looking out onto dazzling golden fields, towering pine trees, a flourishing apple orchard and a natural pond. I embark on daily outdoor adventures with our twin girls and puppy named Mylo, in which we sketch the lines in nature and then warm up by our wood stove and translate our sketches into abstract landscape paintings. My paintings reflect the colours of the seasons, the lines of the hills surrounding our home and the trees dotting the horizon.

TELL US ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND YOUR PRODUCTS? 

My website is www.melissamaryjenkinsart.ca I have an Etsy shop called Melissa Mary Jenkins www.melissamryjenkins.etsy.com. I also feature recent work and inspiration on my Instagram page @melissamaryjenkinsart I sell my artwork at @snowberrybotanicals in Erin, Ontario and will be participating in a @westelmtoronto pop up on March 17.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I was born in Bancroft, Ontario Canada and grew up surrounded by several lakes and living a rural life. I have lived in several cities and travelled across Canada and Europe but I have now settled in a rural setting and spend my summers in Bancroft on our lake property.

WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?

I am completely and utterly inspired by my natural surroundings and have rediscovered the vibrancy of color in the farm fields, forests and pine trees surrounding our old stone farmhouse.

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IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I have been intrigued by @bookhou punch needle creations and I remember creating pieces as a child. I think it would be neat to relearn and teach this skill to my daughters.

COFFEE OR TEA?

I haven’t had coffee in over 20 years but I am definitely an herbal tea drinker.

ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?

Lately I have been an early morning person, although not by choice (I have been waking up way too early). If I had my way, I would be a mid-morning person. lol

WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?

I listen to CBC radio (a Canadian Public Broadcaster) almost all day! I also really love to listen to art and design podcasts.

SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.

- I used to be a skateboarding instructor

- I sing and play the ukulele

- I used to have dreams about having long luscious hair, but in reality, I have super thin/fine hair that refuses to grow. I have learned to work within my limitations and am currently rocking a half shaved/pixie cut.

- I am obsessed with being near a body of water in the summer and adore all water sports but especially paddle boarding with our puppy named Mylo.

- I am also obsessed with finding treasures in thrift stores, garage sales and the side of the road!

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