Jeanne's artistic journey started as a kid when she participated in theater and speech, encouraged by her dad. But she didn't discover her love of her current art form until the 1990s, when she became fascinated by the computer and printer. She enjoyed the ability to print out photographs and artwork, even when it wasn't her own. Wanting to engage on a deeper level, she purchased her first digital camera and started photographing her surroundings. Her camera quickly became a part of her, and she was encouraged by all the compliments she received on her photos. She was able to start designing flyers for friends, which evolved into making greeting cards with her photos on the front.
Proud of the cards she was making, she took a leap of faith and approached her general manager at the St. Louis Park Byerlys and asked if she could sell her cards there. To her surprise and delight, he said yes! The good news reignited her passion to continue exploring the art form, and she purchased a nice camera to get even better results. The new camera compared to the old was like "the difference between throwing a paper airplane and flying a 747."
As she kept at it, her photos continued improving, but not without plenty of mistakes. "You gotta kiss a lot of toads before you get your prince" -- or in this case, your prints. Her general manager noticed the improvements and moved the cards to a more prominent area: right at the checkout aisle for all to see. Her sales improved, and she's developed a following of supporters who check in to see when the new designs are available.
The beauty of the artist is that the journey never ends. Jeanne has now gotten into photo editing, which has taken her out of her comfort zone. "The learning will be ongoing," and she's glad for it. New equipment and editing skills have enabled her to explore photo enlargements, and she has started working with some printers, framers, and matters.
When asked if she had advice for others who might want to get into a new art form for the first time, she quickly replied, "if your heart is in it--if it's your passion--it will happen." It's advice she follows daily as she continues to follow her heart and her passion, finding beauty in the world through her camera lens.
You can find Jeanne's cards for sale in the checkout aisles at St. Louis Park Lunds & Byerlys, or contact her at email@example.com to inquire about her photos, cards, and prints.