Jennifer J. Woodward
How did you get into debt?
Student loans primarily (about $77k), and buying a house, a home equity loan to make repairs on the house, and credit cards for health care and emergencies, or when funds get tight.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
A lot of the time I feel guilty when I'm making art, especially if I'm making something that would be difficult to sell. When I use more delicate materials, or work on a large scale, etc. I worry about making things that will just end up living in my basement. I am more conservative with my choices because I worry about the economics of making art.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Sometimes. I think I would worry less about making commercial illustration work and focus more on projects that are ephemeral in nature and engage a different type of audience.