jen fontanella

KC Artist Lifestyle is back this week with local Kansas City artist, Jen Fontanella (@artbyjenf). Jen is doing double duty in the arts world with her time split between creating ceramic works inspired by the nature around her, and producing gorgeous jewelry by way of her metalsmithing skills.

Jen received a B.S. Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. After college, Jen pursued a career in Advertising and worked in the industry for 7 years. In 2006-2007 she traveled to Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy to experience a formal arts education, live abroad and immerse herself in other cultures first hand. In 2013, Jen struck out on her own in the arts world and began to pursue her arts career one hundred percent. She hasn’t looked back since and we know we are particularly thrilled that she and her works are here to stay.

Here are a few thoughts from Jen on her work and artistic inspiration in her own words…

“I love how art has the ability to evoke emotion in everyone. Throughout my work, you’ll find nature is an underlying theme. I have a ton of respect for our earth and our surroundings, which is why I make pieces that all nod to nature in one way or another. My mission is simple, I want you to feel joy, beauty, and happiness. I strive for my pieces to make you smile during your day.”

We are thrilled to see what a week in the life of Jen (@artbyjenf) is all about, but since we just can’t wait, here are a few images of Jen’s work and past Instagram images…

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Be sure to follow Jen on her KCAC Instagram journey Thursday, April 21st – Tuesday, April 26th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle