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We feature some of our favorite Etsy artists in our most recent spring catalog, including Jenny Gray‘s abstract paintings! Read our interview with the Oregon-based artist and see more of her work…

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When did you start painting, and what role does it play in your life these days?

I have been painting off and on since high school, but I got serious about 12 or so years ago. I was a full-time graphic designer until 8 years ago, now I spend more than 2/3rds of my time painting and still get to work with my favorite clients.

Making art is extremely important to me. It’s what really gets me excited — I communicate most truthfully through art, it is my voice.

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Where do you like to turn to for inspiration?

My everyday environment seeps into my work and inspires my work — graphics, icons, old barns, nature, farm equipment — it all seeps in.

When I intentionally look for inspiration I go to the California expressionist artists of the 60’s. Whenever I can, I go the Oakland Museum in Oakland California. They have a great collection.

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How does where you live effect your work?

I grew-up in Southern California and I think that has affected some of the aesthetic of my work, but living in rural Oregon gives me time and space to work. I love being connected to the land and seasons, for example in the rainy season I tend to use lots of color to brighten my mood.

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I love that you have chickens in your studio! How long have you kept chickens as pets? Do they live indoors?

Actually my studio is only used as a chicken hospital, when one gets hurt or if I can tell they are not feeling well I bring them out of the cold for a few nights and let them recuperate in the studio. I love my pet chickens they are so fun to watch. I have kept chickens for about 8 years. Usually they free range and spend nights in the barn.

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What is the Jenny Gray theme song?

Lately I have been thinking of my paintings as colleges, putting seemingly unconnected things together, and Beck seems to do that a lot. I especially like “Cellphone’s Dead.”

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Jenny Gray’s paintings are featured on page 73 of our April catalog, and on westelm.com. You can see more of her work on her website.

Read about all of our catalog-featured Etsy artists here!

Images: Jenny Gray and west elm

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