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Name: Jennifer J. Cull

Art: Sculpture & Paintings

Country: United States

Birth Date: 1946-11-17

URL: http://jennifercull-stonesculpture

Contact: (530) 432-1299


Jennifer J. Cull Sculpture & Paintings United States

Biography:

 
Deciding early on (1967) that creating art was what I wanted to do in life, I began my studies at the San Francisco Art Institute with an emphasis on oil painting. After 18 years of painting visionary art, portraits, and landscapes, I was draw to sculpture due to the tactile nature of the art form. I particularly wanted to learn to carve stone. Not having knowledge of the process I approached an elderly Italian immigrant whose trade had been carving grave stones out of marble. His son taught sculpture as a profession. He was able to show me the various techniques used by the old masters of his native land. In addition I took classes in clay and stone sculpture at the local college near where I lived in Laguna Beach, CA. My first pieces were nudes, busts and abstracts in alabaster from Utah and Italy. During this period I participated in a two month annual art festival in Laguna Beach, showed at the Beverly Hill Affair in the Gardens, had work in various galleries, and took on private commissions. 
In 1991 I felt a deep yearning to live in the country, so I moved with my husband and dogs to the Grass Valley area in Nevada County. After taking a couple of years to just rest and explore my art, I thought of a new idea. Being an avid gardener and finally having as much land as I wanted to play with, I couldn’t help notice how lovely and elegant flowers looked beside natural stone formations. The stone vases grew out of this observation, and the beauty of the area has greatly influenced my work.  
It was my style to make my vases and other pieces of art look as natural as possible while using contrast to enhance their appeal. 
This last year I went back to painting as well as concentrated on non functional sculpture. Over the years I found the vases so popular that there was no time for exhibitions or much of a life for that matter. That will now change.

Interview

How did you start in Art?

From early childhood I wanted to do nothing more. Art was my friend, my baby sitter, the center of my life as an only child with a working mother.

Who is/was your master?

I have had none unfortunately.

Do you think that training is Important or prefer self-taught?

Whatever works for the individual. I feel that my training was very helpful and would advise anyone who can to seek training in their medium. It will help make progress so much faster.

It is possible to live from Art?

Yes, but unless you accidentally create something with mass appeal, no. And then you can tire of doing something that has turned out to be commercial as I have, and then your right back where you started monetarily speaking.

Transpiration or inspiration?

I suppose I get inspiration from my surroundings which means a little of both.

Your 3 Favorite Artists Living and Dead

Rousseau, O'Keeffe, and Michelangelo

Work of art that you would like to be the Author and Why

No, I only want to do what I can be proud of myself and that only comes from my head and heart.

Is there a Price for Art?

If you mean have I paid a price as an artist, then yes. One forgo's many of lifes pleasures as well as a standard of living that is easy.

Everything can be art or are there limits?

My own personal taste says there are limits, but in reality there can't be any due to other idea's of what art is.

Digital Art. Yes or no?

Good question. I have changed my mind a couple of times. It's would seem an easy way out, but to manipulate a computer into the image you desire is not as easy as it seems. I have played with it, but prefer what my hands can do directly with stone or paint.

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