Custom hand-painted portraits and other original fine art by Jeanelle Demers
Pets with their Humans
These abstract works are my interpretation of images from technology, based on circuit boards and computer chips. I explore how the structure of these computer chips resemble many scenes that might be found in a larger scale in our world, such as landscapes or aerial views of a city.
One of the historic Lockheed Super Constellations, built in 1958, is being renovated at the airport in Auburn, Maine. I am painting a limited edition series of airplane portraits to recognize this amazing restoration endeavor.
Weather scenes, landscapes, cityscapes. Inspired by real and imagined places.
The 200 Faces Project
In 2009, I was feeling the pressure of being a recent college graduate in an economic crisis. I was finding it challenging to remain creative and still pay my bills, and for a time found myself simultaneously working 4 part time jobs, because of the student loans I was carrying. It was a crash landing into the real world, after the structure and safety of the academic setting, where projects were defined and I felt productive.
After experimenting with a self-portrait, I painted a few more, of friends and family. When I had 10 portraits finished, I had a small exhibit in Lewiston and decided to publicize a goal: I would set out to paint and sell 200 portraits to pay off my student loans. By doing so, I hoped to accomplish several things: become debt-free, build my portfolio, hone my skills, establish an artistic reputation, and stay inspired to regularly produce art.
By making 200 Faces public, I was held accountable, and I soon found that it grew beyond my expectations. It became a widespread community art project, and I received orders from other states and countries.
I loved having a goal to work toward, and appreciated every new challenge that each painting provided. I painted adults, children, couples, families, dogs, and cats. Some serious, some joyful, some with a hint of humor or strong personality. Some were memorial paintings to honor those who had passed on. I truly enjoyed making connections and learning the stories of the people and animals that I was painting.
This body of work represents the beginning of what I hope will be an ongoing journey to capture humans and animals on canvas for a glimpse into who they are. I aspire to continue beyond 200 and I look forward to the future and the faces it may bring. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more or commission a painting.
I am painting a portrait of one woman from each country in the world (257 total). The paintings are larger than life at 20x24 inches, and I am painting from photographs, either taken myself or sent to me. The love I have developed for painting portraits has inspired me to launch this large-scale global art project.
I believe in making art that is more than just a pretty face. I strive to create paintings that are deeply meaningful, that have the ability to provoke thought and emotion, introduce new perspectives, and perhaps even help others or make a difference in their own way. With the World Faces Project, I want to set out on an artistic journey that will have a positive ripple effect.
With each portrait, I will be capturing images of real women, across the globe. 257 faces of differing ages, features, expressions, skin colors, and life experiences. The project will portray the stunning diversity that comprises the feminine throughout the world, and yet draw attention to the similarities between us. We are different, but we are one. As a woman myself, I am looking forward to learning about other women in countries different from my own, exploring these differences, the souls beyond each face, and the stories that will accompany them.
For the next several years, I will be painting, learning, reaching out, and sharing stories in the blog section here. I will be looking for one woman to represent each country. If you have a nomination for an international portrait, please contact me!