Featured Artist Jennifer Gleason

Photographer Jennifer Gleason presents a portfolio of surrealistic imagery created as a healing force. See more and read her story by visiting her website.

 

photo art of a woman in a nest by Jennifer Gleason

“Fledgling” photo art (self-portrait), 16” x 24”

 

Art is my security blanket. Whenever life gets me down or has me backed into a corner, I have always been able to lean to art as a trusted companion to help get me through.

 

surrealistic photo art of a woman on fire by Jennifer Gleason

“Wild Fire” photo art (self-portrait), 30” x 24”

 

Art has been my mentor, my teacher, my life coach, my protector, my healer, my most trusted friend. When life threw me the ultimate curveball, tipped my world upside down and stripped me of all I knew and loved, it was art that led me on to greater endeavors and in pursuit of a Bachelor’s in Fine Art degree at the age of thirty-eight.

 

surrealistic photo art of floating matchstick islands by Jennifer Gleason

“Matchstick Island” photo art (prop creation), 30” x 24”

 

It was at this point that I fully realized how much I relied on art for its healing nature—how in creating my artwork, I was not only healing myself, but helping to heal others as well.

 

digital photo art of a woman on the beach in a lotus position by Jennifer Gleason

“Spiritual Awakening” photo art (self-portrait), 30” x 24”

 

Creating out of cathartic necessity, I developed a passion for storytelling. I am dedicated to the healing power of art and to raising awareness about how art enhances the well-being of individuals, society and the environment.

 

photo art of a woman and a dark amorphous figure by Jennifer Gleason

“Considerately Killing Me” photo art (self-portrait), 24” x 30”

 

Although my degree is in digital photography, I do not consider myself a “straight shooter” in photography circles. I rarely fit inside any box or category, like a rare bird who refuses to be caged.

 

photo art portrait of the artist rising above flood waters by Jennifer Gleason

“Flood” photo art (self-portrait), 24” x 30”

 

Words written on personal journal pages leap off the page and transform into surrealistic imagery. They bear a deeply metaphorical message pertaining to the journey of the Self through growth and change, as well as the examination of the psyche.

 

photo art of a caged woman representing Stockholm Syndrome by Jennifer Gleason

“Stockholm Syndrome” photo art (self-portrait), 24” x 30”

 

Through the inspiration of nature and spirituality, I create intuitively from “messages” received in dreams, meditation and walks in the forest. Each image is comprised of multiple photographs including self-portraits that are composited together with a myriad of digital effects and artfully blended with textures. These give my artwork a painterly aesthetic.

 

surrealistic photo art of rotting fruit inside a woman by Jennifer Gleason

“Rotting Fruit” photo art (self-portrait), 20” x 24”

 

At times, I call upon my innate talents in fabrication as needed to create various headpieces and props, such as islands made of wooden matchsticks and armored chiropractic spines to facilitate a sense of whimsy to otherwise heavy subject matter.

 

surrealistic photo art of a figure hovering over a maelstrom by Jennifer Gleason

“Dangerous Fixation” photo art (self-portrait), 36” x 24”

 

Currently, my primary focus on matters greater than the Self. I have adopted the cause of addiction awareness and am creating an ongoing series–a visual opera with the key players being The Addict, The Loved Ones of the Addict and The Addiction itself.

 

photo art of a woman in a snowy field by Jennifer Gleason

“Saving Grace” photo art (self-portrait), 30” x 24”

 

As this topic has personal meaning, I have found it to be rather dark and weighty. I draw upon the inspiration the darkness holds in these moments so as I may help guide those who find themselves traveling similar paths and lead them to a path of Self Love, Light and Clarity.

 

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Comments

  1. Randall Keller says

    Beautiful and haunting all at once! This artist has the gift… powerful.

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