Saturday, July 25, 2009

An Interview with Jennifer Macneill-Traylor

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor


Gypsy Mare Studios

Ever since she was a small child, Ehag artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor has had

two passions...horses and art.

As an Ehag artist, Jennifer has created a unique body of Halloween art which successfully incorporates horses into traditional Halloween scenes. Jennifer hails from Lancaster County, PA.
Her work can be found on Ebay under the Ebay seller id: Gypsymarestudios or by using EHAG in your Ebay searches.
An Interview with Jennifer

How long have you been creating Halloween Themed Art?

I started selling my horse art on Ebay in 2000. My Halloween artwork came soon after in 2001.

How would you describe your work?

I like to think of my work as fun and a little unexpected. I like to combine my love for horses and Halloween. You wouldn't think they would go together but they do. Who doesn't love the Headless Horseman?I also enjoy painting black cats. We have two cats that we just love to death.

What do you consider your greatest challenge creatively?

If I take a week or more off from painting it's very hard to get back on the horse (pun intended). I also have a three year old daughter who demands a lot of my time.

What are your artistic plans for the future (new projects, new mediums,etc)?

I would love to work with paperclay more. I have created a few pieces and really enjoyed sculpting. I also have several large unpainted wooden pieces just dying to come to life!

What do you like best about being a member of EHAG?

EHAG is a group of some of the most talented Halloween artists out there. Everyone is extremely supportive and truly loves what they do. I feel like I've made some great friends.

What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume and why?

My mom is very creative and a wonderful seamstress. When I was a child she made most of my costumes. One year she made a cow costume but I was too embarrassed to wear the udder and everyone thought I was a bunny! Looking back at old photos I liked being a witch the most. I still dress up as a witch every Halloween.

Do you have any Favorite Halloween traditions?

Since 2004, my mom and I compete in the Great Pumpkin Carve in Chaddsford, PA. Most years we've won a prize. In 2004 and 2008 our pumpkin won best overall. Now we each have a great handmade wooden rocking chair they give as the top prize!

Since I have a young child, I get to relive that Halloween excitement through her. My father in- law spends all month elaborately decorating his home and yard. We go trick or treating in his neighborhood early and end the night sitting in his front yard with all the ghosts, ghouls and skeletons!

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere from old Halloween books, EHAG artists, EHAG creative challenges, trips to museums and spooky movies like Sleepy Hollow and Nightmare Before Christmas.

"Open the vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you:

I was a scaredy cat as a child perhaps because I watched too many horror movies. Many nights I had trouble falling asleep because I was terrified of being abducted my aliens, demons under my bed and evil children hiding in the corn outside my window.


Designs By CK said...

JUST GREAT!!! FUN learning more about Jen & her art!!! :-)


Joni Solis said...

Have you created any paperclay art with horses and the Halloween theme?

Wonderful artwork. Your Halloweens must be something special.

Anonymous said...

Just posted if anyone lives in my area...??

Linda said...

Great Interview, wonderful artworks. Lindax

Iva Wilcox of Iva's Creations said... just create amazing work Jen!! Such an interesting read too. Thanks for sharing!
~ Iva