Meet the Artist:
Jenna Schaeper is cosmetologist and artist who explores the relationship between art and fashion. She is also the artist of the official poster for ArtOrlando 2018. Meet the 25-year old emerging artist at ArtOrlando Oct. 27–28.
Jenna Schaeper’s love for drawing and painting started the same way as many other kids who grew up in the 1980s and ’90s — with Bob Ross, The Joy of Painting, and his “happy little trees.”
In high school, she took Advanced Placement art classes and showcased her art in Winter Park, Florida, winning ribbons and placing her work. “It got more serious for me then,” Schaeper recalls. “That’s when I realized it was something I was good at.”
After high school, Schaeper was accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, but fear held her back. “I didn’t go,” she says. “I was young and didn’t know
what to commit to.”
Schaeper had always been interested in fashion, so she entered the beauty industry and became a cosmetologist at Aveda. She’s been exploring the relationship between art and fashion ever since. “People were my subject in fine art,” she says. “Now, they’re my canvas.”
I sat down with Schaeper to discuss her art, which tools she couldn’t live without, and her inspiration for the official ArtOrlando poster.
Alice Collier: If you had to describe your art to someone who cannot see it, what would you say?
Jenna Schaeper: I used to draw. Throughout school, I gravitated toward charcoal and pastel. Now, I’ve been getting more into painting. It’s photorealism. But I’m always changing my style. I’ve been inspired seeing other artists. I love the beauty industry. I love fashion. So I incorporate that into my art, too.
AC: Tell me more about that. How do you incorporate your fashion and beauty background into your art?
JS: I love drawing and painting portraits, which gives me the opportunity to play with makeup and hair in my artwork. I get to literally design hair, makeup, and clothing in my artwork.
AC: Describe your day when you are creating a new work.
JS: I always have to have coffee. Sometimes I accidentally put my brush in my coffee cup. And I definitely like controlling my environment. I’m a little particular. I always have candles or burn essential oils and fragrances. I work at Aveda, so fragrance to me is huge.
I’m always working with music on, and the type depends on my mood. It can relax me or energize me. It really sets my atmosphere and promotes creativity. Music makes you feel, so I think it’s my No. 1 tool when creating art.
AC: What do you hope viewers experience from viewing your work?
JS: Of course I hope viewers experience some type of feeling or emotion when seeing my work, but honestly, I just hope they think it’s beautiful. Sometimes there doesn’t have to be “meaning” or hidden messages behind art. Sometimes it’s just meant to be pleasing to look at. I just hope people think my art is nice to look at. If it makes the viewer think about something deeper, that’s even better!
AC: What are some things that have inspired you in the past year?
JS: Other artists. I always get inspired by other people. I’m not super competitive. I like to learn. Social media has given me a platform to reach out to artists. I love how much easier it is to access talent on social media. I follow artists who do very different things than I do, but it opens my mind.
AC: Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
JS: Gustavo Rimada is one of my favorites that I’ve been following for a while. I love the Mexican style he adds to every piece. Emily Rose Murray is a tattoo artist from Australia. Her portrait tattoos are so beautifully decorated and heavily saturated. Thomas Evans creates vivid, interactive murals that you can play music on.
AC: Why did you want to be part of ArtFest?
JS: It seems like it’s going to be more diverse. I’m all for diversity. I think it’ll be nice to draw in different types of art, backgrounds, ethnicity, styles. I think it’ll be nice to meet other artists and people. Plus, I’m really excited to do the official poster!
AC: Tell me about your connection to Waterford Lakes Town Center and how it influenced the poster you designed for ArtOrlando?
JS: I lived near Waterford Lakes when I first moved to Florida from Ohio. I was in high school, and that’s where my friends and I would hang out on the weekends. I have so many memories of going to the movies, the carnivals, and shopping and walking around with friends. So when designing the poster, I focused around what I pictured when I thought of Waterford Lakes Town Center.
To learn more about Schaeper and to see more of her work, visit her Instagram page.