Meet Kevin Jenne. A multi media artist on TerraSkin who takes seriously do something everyday that scares you ...and kinda revels in it.
About Kevin Jenne
I grew up in the Eastern Townships, QC in a small community called East Farnham, time spent in nature was a given. As an artist I am largely self taught – of course after credit is given to my artist mother who gave me me a great start in understanding painting, drawing and even tapestries.That whole idea of bright colours on black from those tapestries has really lasted with me. When I was drawing, painting or making comic books as kid life just felt right. Eventually I headed to Montreal and Toronto met David Drum who opened my eyes at the myriad of different ways to offer art and make an life as an artist. Returning to Montreal I rented the top floor of the old Atwater library and had my 1st show. My Dad is a metal machinist and I asked him to fashion me 15 wrought iron easels for that 1st show and which I still use in my annual Montreal exhibits at 1507 Dr. Penfield. Since then I have regularly exhibited internationally, enjoyed being repped by great galleries and even owned a gallery in Mexico.
Recently I have delved into event work and specific projects. For example I speed paint events (especially musical events) and the pieces are then auctioned off right at the event. I set up team building events – guiding 30 people to generate a masterpiece. I even Visual DJ art events – creating live animation on site.
what projects are you doing with TerraSkin?
One of my current personal projects is a painting a day on TerraSkin – which actually connects with my running! When I was a kid in the woods I would simply go left, go right as prompted intuitively. As adult when I run I do the same .I do not have a route and this has lead me to the discovery of some of Montreal’s Desire Paths. Over the years I have been obsessed with finding these Desire Paths -and I just have had to document them. These paths maintained by urbanites just going with their flow often involve short cuts through nature, connecting urban to nature seamlessly. Cities in Europe actually document these paths and adopt them into city planning considering the people have voted with their feet. So currently I paint these paths and I find the ease of putting up a sheet of stone paper is so fast plus the way oil moves on the paper is incredible .
What mediums (even brands you prefer) do you work with on the TerraSkin?
Recently I inherited a huge box of oil paints from a friend’s grandfather. I added linseed oil and instantly rediscovered the love of oil paint. It is funny, the old tubes are so delicate and a little fragile so if I squeeze a little too hard the back open ups and I get a big blob and I then I think -oh I got to paint with red now! So I have returned to my roots of landscapes and oils.
What technical discoveries did you make or find using the paper? – both positive and negative. What solutions/adaptations did you discover to any road blocks?
Painting with oil is so interesting on the stone paper. The surface is not like canvas, it is a cross between canvas and metal. I always put Tri-Art black gesso both front and back of each sheet. This is a new material and I do find it sensitive to being marked by metals using gesso overcomes that road block and help in preservation.
It is nice that it stores flat or rolled – easier than stretcher bars. BTW I did a youtube on how stretch the rock paper over stretcher bars! The 28×40 size of sheet, is a really good size as far as clients are concerned.
What is incredible with using oil paint on the rock paper is the lack of resistance, the oil slides on without the texture/drag of a canvas surface—- It just becomes a much freer experience, for me it is a much closer experience in creating the movement in the painting.
Often Artists go in with a set of well defined habits and find themselves opening up in a new direction After working with HeartStonePaper.
hmmm -Maybe that happened for me with the Terraskin paper too. I started with acrylics just painting on it but the waterproof aspect and speed of setting up for oil paint has taken me outdoors and back to landscapes!
What are your thoughts going forward?
Oh this outdoor adventure is just beginning for me – look for me and my art exhibiting in public outdoor spaces soon. I am deep in research on the stone paper and the materials I am using — will keep you posted!
Want to get in touch with Kevin for one of his many talents?
Here you go -kevins contact info