I am my art and when it is given, I give my heart.
Jennifer Glover Riggs is an Artist, Creative Mentor, and Educator.
We have only some control about what happens to us in this life, but we can control how we handle it, and what comes next. Remember when you were a child, and you were asked what you wanted to be when you grew up? There were no boundaries there. You may have wanted to be Superman, the President of the United States of America, or an astronaut. At some point, we decided that those things weren’t reasonable, or possible, and we put ourselves into cages that are hard to break free of. In my artwork, I ignore those self-imposed boundaries and just create for the childlike wonder of creating. For a moment there, I’m free of the constraints that I’ve put on myself, and I believe that anything is possible. Adding creativity to my life has been incredibly transformative for me. It came on out of the blue. I never even considered painting until one day I did, and I have grown in so many ways. I’m a very different person now then I was when I started. More confident, braver and more self-aware. Art is the one thing that makes me brave enough to take risks that I would never have even considered before. The rush that you get when you create something is so beautiful and addictive, so I kept on experimenting and learning. You never know if that new thing that you’ve been thinking about trying might totally change you, so don’t hesitate and go for it
I was walking through the Natural History Museum on a date with the man who is now my husband when we saw some very beautiful artwork. I turned to him and said offhandedly that I wished that I could make art, but hat I wasn’t any good at it. He looked me straight in the eyes and said: “of course you can”. No one had ever said that to me before. That conversation triggered something in me. It lit a small flame that smoldered for a year or so, until one rainy day, I was home with my two daughters, who were bored. I found an old set of oil pastels. I have no actual idea where they came from. We started drawing, and I loved the way the pastels blended and moved under my fingers. 3 hours later, covered in color, I looked up and realized that I had gotten completely lost for a while, and I loved how I felt. From that day on, I drew and played every day. My drawings improved, but I knew that for me it was really about blending and playing with color, like that first day when I worked with pastels. I had seen a video about encaustic painting and was intrigued by the flow and movement of the melted wax. Summertime used to always be a difficult time for me. I’m a teacher, so I have summers off. I always struggled with the abrupt end of my crazy busy life, and what to do with myself with so much free time, and no purpose. I tend to get stuck in my head when I have too much time on my hands, so I was looking for something creative to keep myself busy. I ordered a bunch of encaustic supplies and books, and while I waited for them to arrive I watched every YouTube Video I could find about the process. That summer, I spent just about every waking moment when I wasn’t with my kids immersed in painting with hot wax out on my porch outside. I loved every minute and became even more passionate about art. I decided to start an IG account to share my work and stumbled upon fluid acrylic painting. The effects were similar to many that I was getting with encaustic, so I decided to try it out, and fell in total love with the movement and energy I was able to capture in my paintings using these techniques.
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There’s this idea that in order to join the *elite* club for being an artist, you have to have an invitation. In order to receive an invitation, you have to be chosen, you have to have some innate talent. Well, I say BS to that! I say that you should do whatever you love, the thing that makes your soul sing. And by doing that thing over and over again, you’ll get better at it, and what you once thought you sucked at, you’re now really good at.