Artist: Jen Hughes; Cabot
Tell Us a Little About This Mural:
My mural hopefully will speak to anyone who is afraid to take chances because they might think that it is too difficult. I grew up in a small town similar to Cabot. I always felt that my ambition was more than what it had to offer me, and I wanted to experience more of what the world had to offer. I felt if I had become complacent and didn’t believe that I was capable of that, my creativity would suffer and I would never be able to see things in a different perspective. Now that I’m older, I have gained more knowledge about different perspectives and learned to find inspiration in a variety of sources. I wanted to convey a message to people who have the ambition to find what inspires them doesn’t have to be confined to what is immediately nearby, and to not be afraid of stepping out of their comfort zone to pursue what inspires them.
What is your art medium and/or special techniques?
Acrylic painting, mixed media, graphic design, exhibit design and prop making.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about museums. Much like art, they collect and tell stories of things important to people. Not just big art museums, but the smallest local history museum has something important to share. I collect a variety of things—Little Golden Books, vintage miniature trinkets, examples of typography and lettering and printed ephemera. I have combined my love of collecting objects and revealing their stories by displaying my book collection at Arkansas State Library, Central Arkansas Library System (Clinton Children’s Library and Main Library), Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and the Cabot Public Library. I have done a photo series of my trinkets and miniatures in thematic arrangements to highlight the interesting and unique beauty they hold.
Do you have any awards or achievements relative to your work as an artist?
Things I have made are displayed and distributed in my work, from exhibits to publications. I am fortunate that I get to use my creativity in my professional career. In addition to my job, I do commissioned works quite regularly. I’ve been twice awarded Best in Show at a chalk art festival in Memphis, TN, and invited to be a featured artist.