Raised in the rural outskirts of Oregon City, Jeannie spent much of her free time roaming the countryside, admiring and sketching animals and landscapes. At the age of 10, she received an Etch A Sketch®, and immediately began delighting friends and family with her complex and realistic “EtchArt” continuous line drawings (created by turning the knobs, and then preserved by removing the aluminum ‘sand’).
She never imagined in her earlier years that her favorite “toy” would become a popular art form, or that she would become known locally as “The Etch A Sketch Lady.” Frequently commissioned to draw one-of-a-kind Etch A Sketch® portraits of people and pets, she works both from photographs and from “live sittings,” but she also loves to etch a variety of animals, landscapes or fantasy creatures from her imagination,
Ms. Hemming’s work attracts crowds at 1st Friday Art Walk events, where she enjoys demonstrating her craft and interacting with the public. She was a Featured Guest Artist in SAGE Gallery of Bandon, Oregon‘s “RETRO“ Show, and she conducted an Etch A Sketch® Workshop “For The Young At Heart” as a Benefit for the local Youth Center of Bandon. In 2010, her 18-piece EtchArt display enjoyed record interest during the Clackamas County Arts Alliance juried exhibit, and she is a regular exhibitor at the Three Rivers Artist Guild Gallery.
Career highlights: In August of 2010, Mrs. Hemming’s etch-art won a National Contest commemorating the 50thAnniversary of the Etch A Sketch®, sponsored by Red Robin Restaurants with Ohio Art Company, and in February,
2011 her continuous-line drawing entitled, ‘Portland Zoo, ZEBRA’ was awarded 4th Prize out of 75 mixed media entries in Matthew’s Gallery of Lake Oswego, Oregon’s “CompeteArt 2011” Contest/Exhibit/Charity event. And in January 2012, she was featured in an interview and article entitled “With the Etch A Sketch, Play Can Be Art” for ArtsAmerica.org, by Tamara Muldoon.
For more information, go to: http://www.jeanniehemming.com
Visit the Artist’s Facebook Page: Etches-Etc, by Jeannie Hemming