I acknowledge the accusations concerning my early preoccupation with Renoir’s Two Sisters, my later hyper-focus on most all of Mary Cassatt’s works, and, strangely, my persistent need to save bits of colorful paper from imminent file-thirteen destruction. These have combined into an artistic style further shaped by my farsightedness, writing, and teaching career, and now, my physical disabilities. In the English classroom, I incorporated art into the curriculum wherever possible to aid student learning and more recently into my novels, learning design and formatting from the ground up, a skill set I now use to create covers and format for a small publisher. And what is book design but a form of collage, a stepping stone to the canvas where I share my appreciation for the Impressionist aesthetic, combining the everyday and natural worlds through bright and bold colored and painted paper highlighted by soft linework.
Gentle and bold, an atypical but important combination to be certain, but art, if you ask me, should reflect the artist’s earliest loves mixed loosely with their experiences and hopes for the future. What better than the colors and boldness of Impressionism combined with a love of writing and paper that might otherwise be discarded? These bits of colored paper frequently find their way onto smaller artistic surfaces because I work primarily from my favorite chair with my legs elevated and my arms braced against the chair arms to still their tremor. Smaller works mean more creativity, more color, and hope, released into an often drab and draining day-to-day existence. And being a bright point, a spot of color that evokes a thoughtful smile and nod of acknowledged possibilities, whether it be through words strung together into story tapestries or paper arranged then glued into collage artworks, is what I hope to bring to the world.
Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, Science Fiction and Fantasy author Jeanne G’Fellers’ early memories include watching the original Star Trek series with their father and reading the books their librarian mother brought home. Jeanne’s influences include authors Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, and Frank Herbert.
Jeanne lives in Northeast Tennessee with their spouse and five crazy felines. Their home is tucked against a small woodland where they regularly see deer, turkeys, raccoons, and experience the magic of the natural world.
Contact: jeannegfellers author @ gmail .com (strung together, of course)