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Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon
Well, it's nice to see you here! Welcome!
(Are you more of a nuts and bolts person who would rather see the CV and not read through? If so, you can view my CV here!)
If you don’t know me personally, here’s a little bit about me…
I’m living the dream of being a full time artist. (*Pinch me!*) I can’t tell you what a thrill that still gives me to write that down on official forms or when I’m asked what I do for a living …
This happened after taking a leap of FAITH and leaving my job as a public school teacher in Rhode Island after nearly 20 years. (I loved the kids, but wasn’t such a fan of the politics…)
I’ve been an artist by condition and something else by profession for a very, very long time.
So how did this all come to be?
I’m a painter. Now. But up until just a few years ago? I didn’t know how to paint….My college training was in Art Ed and Sculpture (I double majored because ironically, there weren’t enough studio art classes in the art ed program…) In 2011 after finally getting into an art room after teaching SpEd for over a decade (God, how I loved those students…) I knew I had to start making art again. After all, I had to walk the walk.
And I couldn’t weld or do stone carving in my basement with a house full of kids and animals…
So? I dove into painting. Head first. And it was glorious.
After a few years of HOURS AND HOURS of practice and work? There was lots of interest in my paintings. I started merchandising my own pieces as prints, mugs, jewelry, magnets and other fun stuff in my Etsy Shop and between sales there, sales of original paintings and commissions that came in and this was all becoming a legit business.
I got one solo show… And another. And then another. There were lots of group shows sprinkled in there too…work kept selling. The universe seemed to be pointing me in a very specific direction.
For awhile, it was like I was working two full time jobs on top of having a family.
Hence, a decision was made and a leap of faith taken.
And here I am.
My Practice and Process…
My studio is like my church. It's my fortress of solitude and was built with funds saved through sales of my work.
I try to create every day.
Each painting brings a different vibe with it—Every piece has a specific energy attached to its creation. Some peaceful, some sad—others are somewhat manic and intense but exciting.
My goal is to connect with my subject and to reveal something more than just an image depicting someone or something. I strive to create works that are ethereal…work that reveals something about the intangible nature of those depicted.
Occasionally, unexplained things happen in my space. It’s pretty wild, and generally lets me know I’m on the right track.
I tell people my subjects often choose me. (More about that in a blog post later)
And when I work with clients? I forge incredible bonds and dig deep to create a piece of work that is infused with loving energy and exceeds all expectations.
I am always honored to create memorial portraits in tribute of lost loved ones.
And I love creating works of those still among us, creating pieces that shine and reflect the essence of love I see in them.
I view creating art as a highly therapeutic healing process. I feel that when a client purchases my work it is usually because it has a profound effect on them and that they benefit from the presence of the piece in their lives for years to come.
If you love my work, or would like to collaborate with me on a personal piece for you, please reach out. Click on the Contact link, or find me on Facebook! (Icon over there --->)