Cape Meres artist, Jenny Stanley is a prolific painter and drawer, who often uses photography to capture ideas and help shape her work.
“Art feeds the soul, both for the artist and the viewer.”
Jenny defines success in her work when she is completely enveloped by the process, enjoying the creative process and just liking what things look like.
“It’s all about feeling and interpretation of your environment at the time.”
“I get lost in my art. I go inside. If you ignore your artistic, creative side, you don’t know yourself very well.”
“My biggest problem is interruption and getting off track.”
When she’s not out in nature, refreshing and renewing her soul, or in her studio, Jenny serves young mothers as a seasoned neonatal nurse, bringing new life into the world and helping families through the emotions and experiences of giving birth.
She brings that excitement and sense of miracle to her art, using color and light to express herself and her world. Jenny’s eyes sparkle when she talks about color and painting, and you hear the same vibrancy in her words as you see in her paintings.
“I’ve always doodled. Doodling with crayons and pencils is one of my first memories as a child, and I wanted to be an artist. I also enjoy science and biochemistry and my mother’s nursing career helped lead me into my nursing career. I’m a third generation nurse. But, my first love is my art.”
A friend introduced her to the writer of a children’s book, Red Lace, Yellow Lace, and she ended up as the illustrator of Mike Casey’s book, which won a People’s Choice award for best children’s book in 1996.
She majored, at first, in art in college, but she chafed at the rigidity of formal art training, which limited her artistic expression and experience. “It’s like copying their work. It never works. I prefer to be fully present in my creativity and go where it leads me.”