We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenna Michele and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenna, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
I think creating makes me happy. Just being able to sit down and create anything I wanted to has always made me happy. I have been doing it so long now that it is almost second nature to me. Whether it is photography, painting or sculpting; I always have this feeling of wholeness while I am creating.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
“If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” To be honest when it came to art, it has been relatively easy. It has always just flowed. Opportunities have just come to me. Many that I never dreamed would happen. For me, it has never been about followers, likes or recognition. All of that has just been a blessing and is very humbling that anyone even likes what I am creating. One day I woke up and realized, it has been over 20 years. Sometimes I have to sit in awe of that. How amazing! This is the only thing I ever wanted to do and I am doing it. Of course, I do take breaks every once in a while but I can never escape the yearning I have to create. Nothing and no one can ever stop me or block me. My art and brand are different than other people because it is just me. What you see in my paintings is a representation of how my mind was working at that moment in that feeling. My photoshoots show you what has inspired me. I am my art.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend and I are very similar. If she was away and came back into town we would do what we like. Go shop around some stores, go to Color Me Mine and grab some sushi or Mexican food. We don’t require too much. We would even have fun just painting at my house with some sushi.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I believe the credit would have to go to my grandmother. When I was about 4 years old she asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said, “a colorist.” She asked me what that was and I responded, “well I can’t draw but I love to color!” She was very encouraging with me wanting to color. She used to buy me PILES of the best gel pens for me so that I could color these huge velvet posters. Which I still have to this day! She also provided me with my first camera, which was a vintage Polaroid camera (that used to be hers) when I was about 8 or 9!
Other: Tik Tok: @photojenicart https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMeAXgeqR/
Leyla Stefani shot me