Meet Kendra VanDruff.
Kendra VanDruff is a watercolor artist based in California. Kendra enjoys painting watercolor landscapes anywhere from mountains, deserts, and oceans inspired by U.S. National Parks.
What’s your Artist Statement?
Growing up, both traveling and watercolor painting have been hand in hand. Watercolor has always been such a gift and creative outlet for me in many ways. It’s been a way to journal and capture my experiences on paper in a way that words cannot. Whether it’s been camping in Yosemite, hiking around the Pacific Northwest, road tripping through Utah, or taking a local trip to the beach with friends and family - landscape painting has been my way to relive memories experienced with my loved ones in some of my favorite places: our U.S. National Parks. I hope my National Park inspired landscapes with JIGGY can be a visual keepsake and reminder to encourage you to go explore more with the ones you love.
I wanted to partner up with JIGGY because I absolutely love that they empower artists through each of their puzzle designs. I love how much they value the face and story behind each artwork on their puzzles. It’s awesome to see brands that want to show a story about an artist through each of their products and promote their craft.
What are you most excited about in becoming a JIGGY Studio artist?
I am beyond excited to be a JIGGY Studio artist. I love getting to create watercolor National Park inspired landscape paintings and getting to see my art put on a puzzle that’s also able to be framed is such a unique way to display my art. I also love that JIGGY puzzles dual as an artwork that’s both interactive and an experience for friends and family to do together. I’m a big quality time person, so you best believe these puzzles will be done at my home with my loved ones as a fun way to connect and catch up.
What’s your puzzle strategy and ritual?
My puzzle strategy and ritual starts with a good music playlist in the background (such as Taylor Swift’s album Folklore), a candle lit, a large table to solve the puzzle, and a cup of hot cocoa. Once I have the ritual all good to go, I typically strategize the puzzle by starting with the edges first and then color coordinating the pieces.
If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?!
I would love to have collaborated with Vincent Van Gogh. I am obsessed with his paintings. His style of painting with so much texture and whimsical color palettes are so inspiring!
Who's your dream guest for a dinner & puzzle party?
My dream guest for a dinner and puzzle party would be Taylor Swift. I think it would be so fun to solve a puzzle with one of my designs with the musical artist that I listen to while I paint.
Where can people find you?