Artist Jenn Meador was once a little girl obsessing over dress-up clothes, makeup, glitter, and glam. Now a full-time artist, wife, and mother of four, her paintings overflow with femininity, color, and sparkle, the perfect nod to the little girl she once was and perhaps always will be.
“I have always LIVED for art. I remember in first grade I drew a picture of my family eating supper, and my teacher noticed how I included steam coming out of the bowl of grits on the table.
“Art has always been a part of my life–it’s really just a part of me.”
When Jenn enrolled in college at Louisiana State University, she chose a different route for her education than the one she held in her heart.
“Art was my initial passion, but in college I was fearful of making it my ‘major’ and getting a degree in art. So I found something that I was certain I could use to support my family for a lifetime: nursing. While nursing is great and also provides very useful knowledge when you have children, I could never seem to fulfill my desire to create.
“Years later after my husband and I started a family and I was taking off work from nursing for five months after our second child, while also pushing art as my side business, my husband gave me a “trial” period to decide if we could sacrifice my educational career for my career of passion. After a year of releasing my sleepless nights of ideas onto canvas, my husband was fully on board. I had a friend tell me, ‘Put it out there, and the universe will take care of the rest.’ Well God sure took care of it and continues to give me creative juices!”
Now Jenn works from home as a full-time artist in the garage-converted-studio her husband built for her, working on abstract pieces, as well as paintings for children and nurseries.
“I would consider my style to be contemporary and modern, but I try to be affordable art! Art is a luxury, and I am aware not everyone can afford it, so I try to keep that in mind.”
While accessibility to all is important to her, authenticity also plays a major role in her artistic process.
“In this current world of art, there are so many ‘copycats’ who can really bring you down, so I am constantly trying to be original and be myself. We all get inspiration from each other, but being true to myself and my own style of art is the most important thing to me.”
Jenn also adds a unique touch to her art by incorporating a glimpse into her own spirituality within each piece.
“I pray daily for God’s guidance, and I also pray for His blessing over each piece that I paint. The cross by my signature is a prayer for the home and the person it goes to, and I hope that cross catches some eyes and hearts and is a reminder of the ultimate love and grace God has given us.”
In addition to her faith, Jenn looks to the landscapes surrounding her for her vision.
“The South is an amazing place of inspiration. The countryside, beachfront, small city lights—it’s enough to inspire me for a lifetime. There are so many colors in nature that I wish I could bottle up, and I try to express that in my art. ”
While landscapes and colors provide the necessary artistic content, above all else she turns to her muses at home: her husband and the four little ones who call her Mommy.
“My art is influenced daily by my family. They are my motivation, and they drive me to do better. My husband and children always come first. They are the reward for all of my accomplishments.”
Jenn in Ten
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
Education: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of South Alabama
Previous Career: Pediatric Nurse
Babies: 1 girl, 3 boys
Football Team: LSU Tigers
Guilty Pleasure: Shopping
New Side Hustle: “I recently started a side business styling for some friends.”
If not artist?: Teacher
Artist’s Block Hack: “Take a break! I think it’s great to walk away, clear your thoughts, and pick up something different. Go for a run, head outdoors, or browse a magazine for color inspiration!”
Advice for Side Hustlers: “Do something for yourself—you won’t believe how much it will end up helping others too!”
All photos by Brooke Helms