Thursday, March 26, 2009

the birth of jaeartworks

jaeartworks came about sort of by accident. after graduating with my art degree in 1997, i spent a fun-filled year managing a retail video store in florida. it only took one year of that to realize that i needed to do something else. so i went back to college and got a post-bac. degree in education. i spent the next several years teaching 4th and 5th grade, first in san antonio and then in fort worth. i was teaching in the later when my fellow teacher and friend got engaged. i decided to do a portrait for her as a gift for her shower. i really didn't think much of it, just wanted to do something different than the typical potholder collection or target gift card, you know. well, other people saw the portrait, of course, and some said they wanted to buy one...bada bing, bada boom- the beginning of a portrait business. now, like i said, i was still teaching at the time, so it really wasn't technically a business because I had no time to look into that. but, after my first son was born and i decided to stay home with him, i quickly realized that i needed to go ahead and turn it into a legitimate business (you know- business cards, website, license, and all that.) so, jaeartworks was born in 2006, mainly as a portrait business. you can see more of my portraits on my website, but here are a few.

"joaquin" 16" x 16"
graphite on paper

"nolan" 18" x 24"
graphite on paper

once our sons were old enough to hold a brush, gosh, as early as 5 months, omar and i both had them making art. trying to keep things fresh and always needing gifts and milestone markers, i began coming up with more and more art projects for my own kids. that led me to start thinking about expanding out to doing art for kids. i have done all kinds of art with kids of all ages and needs, from oilstick paintings in the style of Vassily Kandinsky with 4th graders to gesture painting with babies. i even headed up a collage for ed cody elementary school in san antonio in conjunction with an art grant from the city of san antonio. want your child to take art lessons? no problem. i've got everything here already. you can see more about art lessons here.

Zane, 3, and Hannah, 7, working in the studio

acrylic, marker and crayon on paper
zane 20 months

some of the most popular kids projects i do are using handprints and footprints on canvas. i've done them for all different occasions, and have even created custom ones for people. for more examples, go here!

if you have an idea of something you want, but aren't really sure about how to do it, let me know. i'll come up with something. this piece was done for a little boy who loves baseball.

"swing away"

uppercase living sticker on acrylic underpainting on canvas

peace, love and art!


Thursday, March 19, 2009

in the beginning...

the year was 1997, and i was getting ready to graduate from the university of texas at san antonio with a degree in painting and drawing. understood was the fact that i was going to go out and take the world by storm (insert laugh here.)

anyways, i thought it would be interesting to show some of my earlier work from art school, stepping stones on the pathway to jaeartworks studio...

"if there ever was a time" 1996

34" x 48"

oil, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

"once upon a ...(nevermind)" 1997

36" x 57"

oil, pastel and mixed media on fabric

"portrait of a fairytale" 1997

48" x 72"

oil, charcoal and mixed media on canvas



framed cross stitch

the dynamic duo

the boys are doing fantastic. zane is 3 1/2 now. he is fascinated by plants and dirt and "dirty bugs." he can dig in the dirt for hours and never get tired. he often says he is digging for dinosaur bones. he loves to read books and give "lectures," such as how the flowers grow and why the sun is in the sky. he is also quite the accomplished painter. he has been painting since 10 months, and is truly an example of how you're never too young to start.

zachary is almost 1 1/2 now. he is a never-ending ball of energy. if he is not sleeping or eating (and by this I mean physically strapped into his high chair) then he is running, climbing, and/or jumping off of something. he loves to play with cars and trucks, and he constantly follows his dad and me around trying to "help" us do everything from fixing things to loading the dryer. he also is an avid music lover. he loves to play on the piano and the harmonica. and at least once a day, he demands to listen to his music on my mp3 player.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

my fabulous fam!

i thought i would start out with some background information about my family. my husband, omar, is also an artist. we met back in 1995 in the art program at ut san antonio. he was a year ahead of me- the older, more experienced artist- a description that still applies today. so, our story begins in 1995, even though we didn't officially become a couple until 1999 (that's a whole other blog, people.) we married in 2002 in san antonio, and then moved out to north texas so he could finish his masters at tcu. i was teaching elementary school, and he had just taken a full-time art position in dallas when a stork delivered our first son, zane. we decided that i would stay home with zane for 1 year. that was 3 1/2 years ago. (i know, what a sucker, huh?!) no, really, it's been great :) in 2007, the stork came back with another delivery, and this time we named him zachary. i had already started a home-based art business drawing portraits. after being home with 2 boys for 3 years and doing tons of art projects with them and their friends, it was brought to my attention that maybe I should expand jaeartworks to include art lessons and art projects for kids. and that brings us to the present. zane is 3 1/2 now and zachary is almost 17 months. i'm in the process of expanding jaeartworks, and omar is an art professor and department coordinator at a college in dallas. hopefully one day he'll let me blog about what he is doing in the art world (as in making art) because it is very cool. things are super crazy here, but lots of fun as well.

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