Where Canvas and Music COLLIDE......
CJ is an artist who resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is a mother of two children and splits her time between them and her other love, which is painting. CJ has been creating abstracts for the last nine years and is a self taught artist.
My introduction to painting came about after I left the workforce to stay at home with my two small children. I found that although it was rewarding to be with my children each day, I also began to feel as if I was slowly loosing my own identity and began to feel quite lost. By chance one day I turned on the tv and found a man giving painting lessons. Mesmerized by how he was able to create such a full body of work, I became excited with the thought that maybe I too could learn to paint and find my own little piece of solitude.
Starting with very inexpensive canvases and using oil as my medium, I began to first paint landscapes. Later, I began teaching myself how to paint still life such as flowers from my garden. Then finally taking a chance and pushing myself into different areas I began creating abstracts which to this day remains my main focus and passion. I now use mainly acrylics as my medium as I enjoy the flexibility it has compared to oils that usually take months to cure. I love the ability to be able to layer and layer until I find that moment when I see that my piece is completed.
My artwork is expressed through the use of vibrant colors and texturing and layering. I find my main inspiration from the music I surround myself with while painting. The lyrics, the beat, the sound, is captured through my own translation onto the canvas attempting to make a direct connection from my ears to my eyes.
My desire to capture the look of nature in its raw elements is also incorporated in my art. A piece of metal that is covered in rust, a rock that has been broken and weathered etc. are subjects that leave me in awe. To me, the imperfections that occur naturally, become perfection through my view and the need to recreate my own interpretation of these elements along with the musical influence is what provokes and arouses my inner expression.
I have sold over 200 pieces of my original artworks since that first day I began painting and continue to learn more about myself in each piece that I do. The ironic part of my story is when I was in grade 7, I distinctively remember my art teacher taking one look at my art and told me in no uncertain terms that I "should never make art my career choice." I think it is safe to say that she was wrong!
I truly appreciate those who have invested in my art and those who take the time to view my art. To create is a gift, to have it appreciated is a blessing! So from my heart to yours, Thank You.
Peace & kindness
Artwork is shipped via Xpresspost (usually a 3-6 business day delivery) within 1-3 business days after payment has been received. Art is packaged in a double cardboard art box with appropriate shipping material to ensure safe delivery. I will supply you with the tracking information once it has been shipped as well as continue to track item until it has arrived safely to you. The shipping price includes insurance and handling for Canada and USA (excluding Alaska & Hawaii). For international shipping, please inquire for a quote.
It is very important to me that my clients are happy with their purchase. I make every effort when taking the pictures that they represent the artwork to the closest ability. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please inform me with 3 days of delivery. As long as the painting is returned in the same new manner it was shipped in I will issue you a reimbursement minus shipping fees in the same manner of payment.
*Please contact me if inquiring to commission a piece of artwork. If you live in the area, I would be more then happy to meet with you and discuss what kind of art you are interested in. Note: commission payment is 30% payment up front for material costs (non-refundable) 70% remainder of payment due at completion.
All artwork by CJ's Rock Art is copyrighted and shall not be reproduced in any way, shape or form without prior written consent given by CJ's Rock Art.
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