Artist of the Quarter: Jennie Blount

Q&A with artist Jennie Blount

When did you first realize you wanted to become an artist? 
In third grade at Leaphart Elementary, I knew I wanted to do something with art. I honestly thought I wanted to be an art teacher. I continued my education in art at Irmo High School under some of the best instructors and then went to Clemson University where I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts focusing in Ceramics. I have always loved art. It's something that feeds my soul with happiness. 

What inspires your art? 
My art has always been inspired by color. I am not a neutral kind of girl. I like to see what the combination of colors can do and how I can use them to create an aesthetically pleasing piece of art. My favorite type of art to make is abstract art. There is nothing better to me than putting on a great song and just putting my emotions on a canvas. I use local southern staples as well in my artwork, for example, the palmetto tree and the blue heron. 

What do you enjoy doing when you're not painting? 
My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. I have two children who I adore. They keep me smiling and on my toes. I am also lucky to have a husband, parents, and siblings in the Irmo Chapin area, who are the number one supporters of my art. 

Most of my time is spent teaching. I am an art teacher at Piney Woods Elementary in Lexington/ Richland School District Five. I want kids to be inspired to love art just like I was at a young age.

Where can folks learn more about your artwork? 
Currently, I sell my work through commissions on Instagram. Occasionally, I will also have recent works I have done posted on there as well. Follow me @jennieblountart on Instagram.