I tried typing this all out in the third person because I hear that’s what it’s suppose to be in but have you tried doing that? Go ahead, try it. It‘s so awkward, ahaha. Anyway, my name is Jenyffer Maria and I am twenty-four years old. I reside in Tampa, Florida — it’s been my base for the past 21 years. I like to describe myself as a doodler, although lately I’ve added the title of illustrator.
I try to stay clear of the word “artist” because I don’t believe I’ve earned it yet, I hope to one day though. Most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing. I improvise — a lot. I’m the random thought that’s lingering while you’re on the phone. I’m a humble doodler that draws from imagination and void, I make up the stories afterward. I have no real direction or purpose but to share and record a moment in my life that I find worth sharing, even if I didn’t know it at the time. My weapon of choice is ink on pretty much any surface it’ll absorb. My world’s been full of color lately so I’ve tried to incorporate that by adding a splash of watercolor here and there.
I like to think I am very pro-anything handmade. What I make with my hands is essentially a part of me. A piece of myself goes into every single line. It’s the most personal process I go through in my life. Making each and every piece… me.
The first art show I was ever in was in the summer of 2006, Bad Art For Bad People: Christmas on the Island of Misfit Art. The exhibition included artists local to Tampa, Florida and respected known artists including the works of Mark Mothersbaugh and Jeff Gaither. Even now, a very few experiences have topped the feeling I had the second I saw one of my pieces hanging next to something Mothersbaugh created. Definitely the best welcoming into the world of art. Since then I’ve been a part of a couple more local shows. On average, usually two every year.
2011 Bear and Bird Gallery presents “Away In The Woods: Inspired by Tales of the Brothers Grimm” Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery - Lauderhill, Florida
2011 Kick Start My Art Presents “Hip to Be Square Art Show” The Bricks - Ybor City, Florida
2011 Kick Start My Art Presents “Sweet 16 Art Show”, The Bricks - Ybor City, Florida
2010 Kick Start My Art Presents “Not Playing With a Full Deck”, The Bricks - Ybor City, Florida
2010 Kick Start My Art Presents “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, The Bricks - Ybor City, Florida
2010 Tampa’s Etsy Craft Party, TEMPUS PROJECTS - Tampa, Florida
2010 Kick Start My Art Presents Munny - Change is Everything, Skate Park of Tampa - Tampa, Florida
2009 art presents: 5by5, art Gallery - Tampa, Florida
2009 art presents: FRESNO G25 and more, art Gallery - Tampa, Florida
2008 The Feminist Student Alliance Presents: Safer Sex Party, Transitions Art Gallery - Tampa, Florida
2007 The Feminist Student Alliance Presents: Rock 4 Choice, Transitions Art Gallery - Tampa, Florida
2007 art Presents: Print, art artist collective - Ybor City, Florida
2006 Avant-Garde in the Now - Unripe v2.0, Transitions Art Gallery - Tampa, Florida
2006 Bad Art for Bad People - Christmas on the Island of Misfit Art, Mirta’s Gallery - Tampa, Florida