In this episode I’m talking with Brooklyn based artist Jenny Morgan. Jenny’s paintings are figurative and contemporary. She brings a light intensity to her subjects that is really compelling. Her work has been shown in numerous group and solo shows all over America and Europe. We have a great conversation about her process both internal and external.
Here is what we talk about:
- Creative heroes,
- Childhood support,
- Technical skill,
- Artistic process,
- The connection with the sitter,
- Rebelling against skill,
- The use of therapy,
- The role of love in art,
- Working with Marilyn Minter,
- Advice for young artists,
- Art business,
- Most moving picture to make,
- Artistic challenges,
- Self care,
To find out more about Jenny and her work
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I really enjoyed listening to your responses while I was painting in my studio.
I’ve been following your work ever since you gave an artist talk at Ohio University. Your concepts behind your work have greatly influenced my portrait paintings and the underlying meaning beyond my sitter’s gaze.
I’m an emerging artist (in Florida) and would like to know if you think it’s vital to be living/painting in New York City to gain more exposure. Any other cities that you would recommend living in to help advance an art career?
Thanks in advance,
It’s great to hear that you were in the audience at Ohio University- thank you for listening. I’m always troubled by the question of whether an artist needs to be living in New York or not. I moved here because I knew what I wanted my career to look like and that it was the best place for me to work within the gallery world. NYC offers so much in the way of looking at art and networking here is extremely helpful. It’s rich with support. That being said, it is a tough city and requires a few sacrifices, so it really is a personal preference. LA is also a great city right now, the scene is developing and broadening as we speak.
Thanks for this outstanding and candid interview! Your work is magic.
For a newish painter, what would you say is the most important thing to develop in ‘finding your voice’, or knowing that your work is on the right path? Your comments about how you see fellow artists struggling with negative beliefs from childhood hit home with me, and seem to be choking my internal guidance/intuition/confidence….not sure what to call it, but it manifests in a block.
Much thanks for insight!