My name is Belinda Jensen Wood and my passion is painting.
I’m a Springfield native. As I was growing up, I was usually doing something creative. Piano lessons, drawing, painting, making jewelry and many other things. I attended Missouri State University as an art major, and enjoyed trying all different mediums. Being a married student, I worked various jobs – everything from retail to clerical. After leaving college, my art career was put on the back burner for awhile due to work and starting a family. However, I did make and sell various crafts with other family members for several years.
Then a few years ago I found myself disabled. My daughter was almost grown and I realized I now had the opportunity to start painting again. My husband and daughter are both artists and they encouraged me to return to my art. I bought my supplies and started creating.
I paint in acrylics on stretched canvas, using both brushes and palette knife. I find that I prefer the stiff bristle brushes because I’m a more aggressive painter. I have worn out several brushes already because of my painting style! I like the texture the brush marks give the paintings as well. I especially enjoy using lots of color in my paintings. I find that I put a lot of emotion into my paintings, which gives them a unique feel. There are times with my emotions are so close to the surface that I find myself painting how I feel, which usually results in a more abstract painting full of shapes, strong brush strokes and the colors of my mood.
I’m an active member of the local Southwest Missouri Art & Craft Guild, and a member of the Springfield Area Arts Council. I participate in local art exhibits and have sold several of my paintings online throughout the US. My goal is to establish myself as a successful professional artist.