We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Turnbull and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, do you think college made a positive impact on your life and career? Do you think it was worth the price tag?
Attending college helped me to discover my vocation. When I first started at a community college as a teenager I had no idea what I wanted to do other than to just make art. I ended up majoring in drawing and painting. After a couple of years and much dialogue with professors, I decided that I wanted to become an art teacher. Some of my professors influenced my career path and artistic style and you can’t put a price tag on that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally.
I think you have to pursue what inspires you. If you love something and are passionate about it then it’s worth the effort. Since I am a full time art teacher I am able to make art without having to do commissioned work to support myself. This allows me complete freedom to create the kind of art that inspires me the most. Currently, I’m working in oil on a series of landscapes with nebula filled skies. I want the places in this series to have significance on ethereal levels and I hope viewers are touched in meaningful, positive ways.
Getting to the place where I am today took years of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. It was not easy to get through college while working at the same time. When I graduated I worked part-time as a substitute teacher and part-time at a library. It was an effort to make ends meet and I recall working approximately 50-60 hours a week back then. When I got offered a job teaching art I had to move almost 100 miles away from my family. That was tough, but I needed the money so I took the job.
After years of working and saving money, I was able to move much closer to my family and it’s been great! I have also been showing my work in galleries, making prints and selling them online. I feel like I am in a really good place in my life and I think the art that I have been making reflects that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to the LACMA first, then to the La Brea Tar Pits next door. We would dine at Off Vine and take a stroll in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery down the street. Then we could head to the Magic Castle for drinks and magic. It would also be fun for us to ride horses to the Hollywood Sign and then and then head to Don Cuco in Burbank for great Mexican food. That would be my perfect little trip in LA!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My boyfriend, Greg, has been so supportive of my artistic endeavors since day one. He has encouraged me to apply for art shows and contests and to really get myself out there in the art world. He has made it to almost all of my shows and he helped me hang my art when I had a solo show in 2017. Greg is the best and I wouldn’t be where I am today artistically if it weren’t for his love and support.
The photos of my art were taken by me. All other photos were taken by Greg Joackim.