It all started in the small town of Gerlach, Nevada where Jennifer was approached by one of the locals about art. He was looking for an Elvis on the cross on black velvet.....Jennifer was intrigued, decided to give it a try and Juanita was born!
Juanita lives in Portland, Oregon where she creates her magic on Black Velvet. While mostly painting American pop culture and kitschy portraits, she always welcome commissions. She will paint just about anything on velvet, pet portraits, personal portraits, cars food, anything you can dream up!
Juanita also loves to try new things and has experimented with Velvet coats, Velvet pillows, even Velvet jewelry!
Juanita has built up a following, having shows up and down the west coast. Her work can be seen in several collections -Nike, HBO and several Portland restaraunts. She has also been interviewed on television, magazines and is even featured in a book.
Below are a few examples of some publicity:
Juanita's Velvet Crying Conan Painting was in a show in NYC, watch the video here: http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/01/conan-obrien-fan-art-gets-a-special-showing/
See Juanita in the Velveteria's fabulous collection of velvet in their book:
Entrepreneur Magazine wrote an article about Juanita in the May 2011 issue, pg. 84:
For HBO's 'True Blood', Juanita painted this velvet of a vampire for the set of the show......