Interview: Artist With a Message: Jennifer R. Cook
I’ve been acquainted with Jennifer R. Cook for several years, and first became aware of her beautiful artwork through her postings on Face Book. She publishes a new piece every day, through her series called, “What My Coffee Says to Me”. Most all of her illustrations are of animals of all kinds, and promotes mental health with her uplifting messages that are included.
Please join me in welcoming Jennifer R. Cook.
Thank you, Jennifer, for agreeing to this short interview!
Have you always known you wanted to be an artist?
Yes, from a very young age I wanted to be an artist or a mad scientist. In reality, the two are intertwined. I am a creative adventurer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, double major Graphic Design and Illustration. For the past 30 years as a passionate creator using my expertise as a strategic graphic designer to create logos, identity design, branding, packaging, children’s books and more, including custom illustrations for social media for businesses all over the world.
For fun, “What My Coffee Says to Me”, an illustrated series, was born on January 1, 2012, created to boost everyone’s mental health. Fast forward eight years and it is still going. Thank you for that. 🙂
What medium do you use most?
Everything and nothing. I am a creative explorer, and sometimes nothing is the medium for inspiration…well, that and I love playing just for the fun of it. I do enjoy dip ink on parchment – when it dries you can feel the texture of the ink on the surface of the paper.
Where do you get your ideas for a new piece?
Life! Inspiration is everywhere and in everything … meditation, walking in the park, laughing, hearing sounds, being silent and still … always open to receiving ideas from the creator!
After all, ideas are abundant and beautiful in the universe; they float everywhere all the time, waiting to be pulled into creation! I tap into whatever comes my way every day, lead a conscious life, and you can too.
In your own words, what would you like people to know about your artwork and your message?
Everything I create, whether it’s strategic graphic design, illustration for business, or What My Coffee Says to Me series for fun, I create for MY highest good. I infuse everything I create with love, self love. We are perfect creators of our lives. Remember that! You can create your life the way you want. Please LOVE who you are, be inspired through your self love – it will empower you to move mountains for your highest good! You have the power…we all do!
Is your art for sale?
Yes, it is. Some of What My Coffee Says to Me illustrations from the past eight years are in my portfolio on RedBubble – is a quality, print on demand supplier who imprints on throw pillows, prints, travel mugs, etc. You’ll find me in social media, and you can find one of my 2,7000+ illustrations. If you would love me to add a specific illustration you’ve found to RedBubble, reach out and let me know.
This is my link to RedBubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/catsinthebag?asc=u
I recently started Rainbow Remembrance a creative outlet for custom illustrations for pet owners. I charge $150.00 per illustration. It’s a wonderful momento of a loved pet. You can connect with me for details. jennifer.cookatvideotron.ca
Please list your contact information.
For my strategic graphic design and custom illustration services:
Facebook Business Page: https://www.facebook.com/catsinthebagdesign
To follow my daily illustrated series What my Coffee Says to Me:
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Thank you so much again, Jennifer, for sharing your thoughts and wonderful artwork and a message with us.
To my readers, please follow Jennifer’s links to find some absolutely wonderful artwork! You will love what you see!
Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️
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