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Interview: Artist With a Message – Jennifer R. Cook


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:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-r-cook-66a8b410/

Facebook Business Page: https://www.facebook.com/catsinthebagdesign

To follow my daily illustrated series What my Coffee Says to Me:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.r.cook.50

Twitter: https://twitter.com/catsinthebagpur

Tumblr: https://catsinthebagdesignposts.tumblr.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennifer_r_cook/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/catsmeo/


Please add a photo you’d like to share of your work.

*click on the photo to enlarge*


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 ☮️

© 2019 BS




Today we were asked to conduct an interview.

Insight…the power or act of seeing into a situation, the act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things, or of seeing intuitively, exhibiting or characterized by insight…

It is my pleasure to introduce Noelle R. She is a wonderful, insightful artist.

~ Never give up on or abandon your dreams, goals, and passions… ~ Noelle

I first met Noelle, and her family, on Twitter. In the past few years, while we were getting to know each other, they’ve become like extended family. Noelle works from her studio in the Chicago area, and has been gracious in letting me ask her a few questions about her art…her passion.

Please welcome, Noelle.

AN ARTIST WITH SOUL (in her own words)

Q1 – Have you always known you wanted to be an artist?

It’s funny…I never really thought about it when I was little. I never said “I want to be an artist when I grow up!” But, in a way, I guess I did. I always loved spending endless hours drawing or coloring, trying to make the pictures as vibrant and detailed as I could, and trying to copy pictures I saw in books or magazines.

I remember one of the very first things I taught myself how to draw freehand, was the character of Sonic. It was my favorite video game, and favorite character growing up, so naturally I was always trying to draw him. From there, I practiced drawing a lot of flowers, and they’re still one of my favorite things to draw and paint, to this day.

But, I would say it wasn’t until I was about 12-13 that I really knew that’s what I wanted to do, and what I had a love and passion for. I remember my family had been doing a lot of improvement work around the house, including a lot of painting projects. As a result, we had a lot of leftover paint in many colors. So, I had gotten a really cheap set of artist’s brushes, at the Home Depot, and decided to play around. I had sat down with a drawing I had done a couple years prior, of a purple rose, and wanted to try and recreate it in a painting. I spent countless hours on it, for about a week straight, losing track of time. I was hooked. I felt like I finally found my place, what I knew I was meant to do. I was proud of my work (even though I had done it on construction paper, and the quality was lacking) but I fell in love, and was determined to move on to bigger and better, and perfect my technique.

Q2 – What medium do you use most?

Right now for my paintings I use mostly acrylics. I find them easy to work with. I like how fast they dry, and I love the vibrancy of the colors. I will also occasionally mix in various glitters, shimmers, or different glazes, depending on what effect I’m looking for. I will even often mix in regular latex wall paint (a trick I guess I held onto from my very first painting) to thin out the paint, without losing vibrancy, or to extend the drying time just slightly, to give me more time to work. I also do some shading and highlighting.

I’ve also been working on a lot of pencil and colored pencil drawings lately for a lot of my character pieces, and just to expand my skillset. Both mediums, whether it be drawing or painting, offer a lot of different possibilities, and I love pushing myself in both. I’m constantly trying to improve upon the last…a perfectionist, I guess you could say. But, then again, being an artist of any kind, and being a perfectionist kinda go hand in hand, right?

Q3 – Where do you get your ideas for a new piece?

My ideas and inspiration for new pieces come to me in different ways. Some may be from a very vivid dream I had, some come from me reflecting and reminiscing on a certain memory, and the emotions I felt, and I try to convey that story in the imagery and symbolism of that particular piece. Whereas other pieces, I may get the inspiration from something as simple as a beautiful poem I read, or a quote I may have seen that struck a chord with me, or even something as simple as something catching my eye while just going for a walk through my neighborhood. Seeing a pretty butterfly perched on a beautiful flower, the way the sun looks shining through the trees at a certain time of day, or feeling the breeze while watching the ducks and geese float over a pond.

Sometimes, it’s just that image that gets caught in my mind. Other times, it’s the feelings and emotions those images make me feel. I take those and try to express them on paper or canvas, so that anyone looking at my work can hopefully experience the same feelings.

Q4 – I’ve heard you’ve designed art for tattoos…is that something you’d like to continue?

I would definitely love to continue designing tattoos! At one point in time, I wanted to be a tattoo artist. However, after doing a lot of reading and researching on the subject, and continuing to work on my own drawings, I came to the conclusion that the idea of doing the actual tattooing didn’t appeal to me nearly as much as the process of drawing and designing them. I love tattoo art, and love the idea of working with a client to design a piece that will have special meaning to them, and that they will want permanently displayed on their body. As an artist, that is both an honor, as well as very humbling.

Q5 – In your own words, what would you like people to know about your artwork?

Hmm, that’s a good one, and one I’ve had to put a lot of thought into. As I’m sure is the case for every artist, whether painter, writer, sculptor, or musician, our art is an expression of ourselves, in some way, but also a lot more. I try to put a lot of myself and who I am onto each piece. To me, it’s what helps give art life, and what I hope helps people to connect with my pieces better. Some pieces are an expression and sharing of myself, and my experiences and memories. Some convey a message, if studied close enough. For me, all my artwork has a story behind it. All of them are very personal to me, but I translate that into something that everyone can get something out of.

I want my work to be able to inspire people. Even though each piece has a personal meaning behind it for me, I want anybody to be able to look at them without knowing that meaning, and find something in it that they can relate to, or that inspires them in some way, whether it be simply finding peace, relaxation, and Serenity in the images, or to explore their talents, and what they love doing. But overall, what I hope to inspire in people looking at my work, is to never give up on what they have a passion for. No matter what the odds, no matter how many people say you’ll never make it, or you’re not good enough, no matter the obstacles you have to overcome. Never give up on or abandon your dreams, goals and passions, and what you feel you are meant to do in life. If my work can inspire people in those ways, then that’s what makes me feel accomplished as an artist.

Q6 – Is your artwork for sale?

Yes, I have many pieces available for purchase, both paintings and sketches. Anyone interested in inquiring on any given piece, can feel free to contact me for more information, or ask any questions they may have. I am also accepting commissions, at this time, if anyone has anything particular in mind, or ideas they’d like to have worked on.

Q7 – Please list your contact information

Anyone interested in both viewing and inquiring about my work can find me at https://m.facebook.com/ArtByNenmacil

And also contact me at:  artbynenmacil@gmail.com


~Just an artist making my own way and sharing what I love doing.


Thank you so much, Noelle. I appreciate your taking the time to tell everyone about your art. You are truly an Artist With Soul.

I urge everyone to go visit her online page. You will be pleasantly surprised!


Thanks for visiting! Peace }I{