Meet Cheryl Jenkins

The creator of Animistic Art

From an early age, I have expressed myself through painting, drawing and sculpture. This interest led me to achieve my BA(Hons) in Fine Art. I became interested in tattooing as an art form in 1999, and subsequently opened two custom tattooing studios, and though it is quite common these days, they were one of the first studios in England to offer the service of customized designs.

I feel that my spiritual openness has been very important in my tattoo work, and have been told one several occasions that I have made a tattoo in the image of a loved one of the client without even knowing them. When designing for a client, I often hear, “You must have read my mind! It’s perfect!”, which, as you can imagine, has often proved very useful in my trade! Even though I continue to run and create within these studios to the present day, I am probably best known for my fine art paintings of people’s spirit guides and their personal animal totems.

During my life, my affinity with animals has been a constant, and this, coupled with my 13 years experience working  in the field of psychic art has led me to create the pieces I am inspired to do today. By combining the healing properties of colours, textures, and the inspirational messages of your personal animal totem, I hope to help you create a space in your home or workplace to support the attributes you wish to manifest within your life.

I’ve often been asked if I paint auras, but I don’t so much see auras as ‘feel’ them , and I am by no means an expert at reading them, but I do feel that I paint the ‘energy’ of my subject, rather than a representational image. I believe that my paintings inspire or intensify certain attributes in the viewer. This is the inspiration for much of my present work, to develop a painting that can act as a conduit or tool for the manifestation of what you truly desire; a living snapshot of the dance of the energetic world in the form of colour and light.

Sometimes the simplest concepts are by far the hardest to put into words, but I am hoping that my work expresses these ideas in a way that is easily accessible and enjoyable, whatever your beliefs.

The basis and realisation of Animistic Art has come together through the journey my husband Lee and I have undergone over the last 20 years, a journey of the research and discovery of all we find to be extraordinary in our world, a journey that only seems to get richer and more encompassing as time goes on. And only Spirit knows what we will discover next!

‘All of nature is in us, all of us is in nature’ – Lame Deer