MEET THE ARTIST BEHIND CREATED TO CREATE STUDIOS
Jennifer Scott is a self-taught artist based out of Chicago, Illinois. This is the story of how her passion for art was reborn and how she was led to start both her business and her ministry.
“From broken and lost; to purpose and identity – my work is a visual diary of reinventing myself and rebuilding my life.
When a diagnosis of a life-altering illness left me bedridden and searching for my lost identity, a childhood passion resurfaced. In frustration, I dragged out old supplies and started drawing the symptoms that I couldn’t seem to verbally express. In that moment, my passion for art was reborn!
While my pieces are mostly acrylic on canvas, my eager creative spirit loves to explore working with all media. My body of work is not as cohesive as most artists – but either is my life. When my illness flares and gets the best of me, I paint my darkness and pain. Visually expressing the pain and isolation that seem to come with each stormy season has blessed me with amazing therapeutic and healing opportunities. When I am reflective, I let the colors of my mood flow onto the canvas in abstract form. Many of my pieces were born out of the uncertainty of my life going forward, as I desperately strive to live my fullest life within this “new normal.” Other multimedia pieces depicting trees and branches articulate my deep connection with family and friends – deeply intertwined roots, individual strength, and branches that continue to reach for each other in seasons of growth. When I am playful, I paint random silly stuff. When I am at perfect peace, I create spiritual pieces or attempt to capture the beauty I see in God’s Creation. My subject matter and the style of my art is as unpredictable, chaotic. and varied as living my life with multiple chronic illnesses. My art is my therapy. My art keeps me alive.”
In 2017, Jennifer developed and implemented “Created to Create Ministries,” a local ministry that facilitates the exploration of individual creativity through various art projects and culminates with discussions of spiritual importance - teaching the values of kindness, thoughtfulness, empathy, and beautiful acceptance of self and others. It is her deepest desire to help others connect with God and community through the freedom and joy of creativity!
Jennifer holds a Pastoral Counseling certification through the North America Christian Counselors Association and is also certified as both a Therapeutic Art Life Coach and Therapeutic Art for Healing Coach.