IN MY ELEMENT: INTERVIEW WITH JENNA COVERLY
It’s that time again! Today at Element Eden we are excited to sit down with our next inspiring Creative’s Club member Jenna Coverly.
Born and raised in the city of Johannesburg South Africa, this natural beauty has some extra ordinary talent running through her veins, she’s not just a pretty face!We had the opportunity to spend some quality time with Jenna, getting to know her a little more and talking all things art while also having a great laugh aside of all things “serious”.
Having grown up in South Africa, Jenna’s work is heavily influenced by her upbringing and surroundings of her beautiful home country. She creates powerful and bold imagery throughout her work, using the most simplistic form of tools, some of which you’d think to be some sort of pencil with magical powers.
Jenna has placed herself wholeheartedly into this passion for art and culture. It was admiring to hear Jenna talk with so much sincerity and enthusiasm about her hopes, dreams and aspirations for what the future may bring. It’s only made us so much more excited to see what happens next for this talented soul!
If you want to check out more of her work and look what she’s up to, see her instagram:@jenna_coverly
Getting to know Jenna a little more...
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself?
" I am a 21 year old illustrator living in the beautiful city of Brisbane. I was born in South Africa and spent majority of my childhood living there before immigrating to Australia when I was thirteen. I grew up in a comfortable home with my family and grandparents and would have been described as a tomboy that loved camping, sport and art as a kid. I have recently graduated from University on the Gold Coast and I am currently working as a Graphic Designer at a Brisbane based studio."
2) How would you describe your artistic style?
"My heart still lies in Africa and my illustration work is heavily influenced by it. Beautiful women, animals and feathers almost always appear when my pencil hits the paper. I love creating strikingly bold imagery and line work that captures movement and expresses feeling. I mostly draw on paper but enjoy working on wood and unique treasures such as antique boxes and pieces of furniture."
3) What kinds of ideas and things are you working on at the moment?
"At the moment I am working on a couple of pieces for an up and coming group exhibition. The collection I am forming is tribal themed; I just love painted faces, colourful jewellery and extravagant headdresses!"
4) Who are some of your favourite artists?
"One of my favourite modern artists would have to be Charmaine Olivia for her amazing ability to capture emotion and create raw work that is vibrant and mesmerising. Salvador Dali is another favourite; he reminds me that art is an outlet for the imagination and that it allows you to share your creative exploration with the people that view it."
5) If you could travel anywhere?
"If I could jump on a place tomorrow morning i would be heading to New York."
6) Who is your style icon?
"I can’t really say i have a style icon, i have favourite brands of course, but I tend to buy what i like when i see it… although i am probably more subconsciously influenced than i think!"
7) How do you like to unwind?
"I unwind by spending time with close friends, walking my Labrador or inducing in the girlies of TV shows… Sex and the City."
8) What's your guilty pleasure?
"My guilty pleasure is an unusual one and it involves condensed milk. Passes down from my Scottish nana, it’s quite simple; take a can of condensed milk, place it in the freezer and proceed to enjoy caramelised sugar on a teaspoon! Believe me, you’ll love it!"
9) What do you enjoy doing when you're not creating art?
"When i’m not creating art I love exercising, spending time with my mum and dreaming up adventurous plans with my friends that are usually way too expensive."
10) Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
"Fingers crossed that my life in five years involves my own creative empire in the form of a physical store. I am quite new to the scene but I have already met a variety of amazingly talented people that have inspired me and motivated me to work hard for what I want. The buzz from chasing the dream is what drives me and I look forward to what the future holds!"