My work embodies traditional sculpting skills with a dynamic, modern approach to the finished casting whilst aiming to capture personality and character.
At eleven years old I first started using clay in ceramics lessons at St Leonards Mayfield school. We were taught how to make small pots, animals and vessels. In time, I began becoming more experimental as my confidence with the material grew, creating more intricate and larger pieces.
This soon resulted in getting pieces cast in bronze, before holding my first private exhibition in 2012.
Over the last few years I have enjoyed nothing more than creating human and animal sculptures, and have loved finding out about their stories. My love for nature has allowed me to particularly focus on wildlife and domestic animal pieces, as well as specialising in war veterans.
I continue to work on both private and open commissions, whether that be for museums or personal requests.
As a young artist, I strive to bring vitality and a sense of freshness into each piece. I do this by combining traditional pattinas with sculptures filled with life and presence. In this manner I consciously strive to capture a moment, gesture or feeling that is immediately relatable.
My sculptures are figurative and are mostly created on commission. My focus is animals and humans, with portraits being my most challenging yet rewarding pieces.
When sculpting my art I consider the three most important processes to be capturing, interpreting and representing.
Working with clay allows me to convey the character and emotion of a subject and I continuously aim to ensure my pieces are instantly recognisable.
The subject, either through live sittings or photographs, is personally interpreted in a way that I think will be most beautifully and accurately portrayed in the final bronze piece. This of course leads me into the ultimate stage and one of utmost importance: representation. Through my sculpture I hope to captivate and engage the viewer by allowing them to relate to the realism and personal nature that my finished pieces project.
"Jenna Gearing is one of a new generation of talented artists with a proven track record of portraiture and attention to detail. Her rendition of the First World War's Henry Allingham rests in the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton and her representation of the world renown pilot, Captain EricBrown, will be resident in the National Portrait Gallery this year."