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Art & Life with Jennifer Sneary

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Sneary.

Jennifer, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve been drawing as early as I can remember and kept up with it all through school. Both of my parents are creative, and my sister as well, so a career in the artistic world was always the goal for me. I went to Texas State University for Communication Design and took illustration classes here and there. I took an interest in web design, and eventually got a job as a graphic designer for a digital marketing agency in Austin. Spending so much time with computers through my job made me really miss that traditional feel, and I began to spend more time drawing and away from all the screens.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My pen and ink illustrations are intricate representations of flora and fauna. Getting myself outdoors is the ultimate reset button for me when I get too stressed out, so I have a bunch of plants in my apartment just to bring a bit of that back into my daily life. A lot of those plants end up being reference material for my sketches. I use fine liner pens and love the permanency that comes with using ink. Much of my work is inspired by a blending of mythology, legends, and influences from my video game upbringing. With my illustration, I hope to inspire a deeper appreciation for the natural world by bringing new meaning to familiar creatures.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
I think a lot of artists today, at least within the online community, worry so much about the number of likes or views their work receives that they base their worth on what kind of response their work gets. If you’re creating something you’re proud of and have poured your heart and soul into, no amount of online gratification should keep you from continuing that. Creating art is a personal journey, and your passion for it should come from within.

So make art for yourself, and do what you love because it makes you happy.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I post process photos and videos on my Instagram, as well as shop announcements, new shows or markets, and more. Several of my original drawings and prints are available to purchase on my Etsy shop. I’m really excited to take part in more local art markets this year, as well as expanding my body of work.

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