Maker Mentors has curated a collection of 30+ Independent Artists for our first-ever Online Art Sale. You can order Art Prints or Greeting Cards from our exclusive shop now through June 27th. We are interviewing all of the artists featured in celebration of our Online Art Sale.
Today, we are talking to professional artist Jean Cameron from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
What is your background?
I’m originally from the UK, both my parents were British, but they came to live in Holland shortly after i was born, because my Dad became a pilot with KLM. We always spoke English at home and learned Dutch at school and playing outside – it’s great to be bilingual! We were in England a lot visiting grandparents and family, and over the years I feel at home in both countries.
How long have you been an artist?
It must be more than thirty years by now. I was always drawing, even as a 3 year-old, later on at school I was always drawing while listening to teachers, and they let me. It was such a good way for me to concentrate on what they were saying.
When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
It was pretty inevitable that I would go to Art College, and I started there at 17 and finished at 22, already working as a freelance illustrator for magazines and making animations for television.
What kind of art do you create?
Nowadays I always work with mixed media – drawing or lettering by hand, sometimes coloring by hand – then scanning into Photoshop and sometimes adding digitally edited photos. I have also worked as an Art Director, getting other artists together and commissioning them, which I also love . I have also designed concepts etc for special events and sometimes work as a stylist with a photographer.
How would you describe your style?
Colorful, Fresh and Positive
What is the name of your piece featured in our Art Sale?
What inspired the piece featured in our Art Sale?
I was inspired by Doodle Tuesday, part of the Youwillrise Project, that showcases art meant for people being bullied.
Can you talk about the process you used to create it?
It was a quick sketch, which I colored in Photoshop and added handwritten text to afterwards.
You can purchase Jeannie Cameron’s piece as an Art Print or Greeting Card right here during our Maker Mentors Art Sale.
How Is your personality reflected in your work?
I am a very positive person who loves life.
What is your favorite medium?
As a mentioned earlier I love mixing all kinds of media .
How do you decide what subjects to include in your art?
That often depends on the commission or the person you are working for. And then sometimes I try out a new recipe and decide to illustrate it for They Draw and Cook!
What do you love most about creating and being an artist?
I’m so glad I can do what I love, and being able to make a living out of it. Also, I have two sons – and it was wonderful being able to work at home and bring them up at the same time. ‘I love what I do and I do what I love’ is my motto! I also work with my sister as TWOcookies which is fun, as we are both designers. Although her work is textile and print designing, which means we approach things from a different angle, it works well together.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I will be creating things right up until it will be impossible for me to do so anymore.
What are you doing when you are not creating? Do you have other hobbies?
Yes, I love cooking and having friends over for dinner. One of the perks of working independently is that you can manage your own time, so I often see friends for lunch and work in the evening, or even at night if necessary for deadlines. I also love plants and have a town balcony ajoining my workspace, so I’m often pottering around there. And of course the English/Dutch language connection means I’m often asked to do translations of articles or even books, which I also love doing.