Jennifer Mercede was born in Long Beach, CA and grew up in Connecticut. At a young age Jennifer began making art, inspired by her grandmother, a free-spirited watercolorist. She would spend hours making hundreds of handmade floral greeting cards and loved when she had the house to herself, could turn the music up and work on a creative project.
Her primarily abstract paintings consist of free flowing text, bright color fields, and crazy energetic doodling. Intuitively guided they involve letting go, taking big risks and trusting that there is no such thing as a mistake. They are meant to enjoy and motivate. She is inspired by color, children’s art, old school hip hop flavor, graffiti, abstract expressionists, inner connection and her creative friends.
After receiving a B.A. in painting and illustration at Western Washington University, she took time to travel the country and harvest some of life’s wisdom through experience. Now, with curiosities satiated, she has settled into making art as a living. She intends to continue sharing her soul through colors on the wall, as well as through music and performance on stage.
How would you describe your style and how did you know when you had found it??
I would say my style is bright colored, whimsical, fun, spontaneous & abstract. I'd also call it contemporary. Honestly, I don't think I realized I had a distinct style until others started pointing it out to me. Now, I see it.
On your website you say that when you started painting daily there were some limitations in your mind that you had to get rid of. What were they and how did you get rid of them?
You have your art in some well-known catalogs, such as The Land of Nod, how does that work? In other words, did you contact them, did they contact you? How did they know about your art? Do you have advice for artists that would like to have their art in some catalogs?
You use a lot of doodling in your art. Can you give some advice about how to start doodling and how to use it in artwork?
How does art promote health and wellness in your life?
Making art is essential to the health of my mind and my emotions. It’s definitely a way of releasing stress and letting out my frustrations of life.
I am like that typical artist you may have an image of in your head, the ones portrayed in cheesy movies. One day you may find me sobbing over a painting, or using large exaggerated arm strokes to get the energy out. Another day (or later on in the same) you will find me scribbling intensely or smiling and grooving it out.
What do you know to be true?
My mom loves me :) (And I love her.)