Multimedia artist looks for new perspectives

Art is an old companion for Courtland Jenkins.

From traditional freehand drawing to digital work, creating art has always been a pleasure for this 32-year-old multimedia artist.

Jenkins started drawing in kindergarten. He grew up watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and cartoons by Chuck Jones and still considers them “early inspirations.”

Through art, Jenkins developed a confidence in his own capabilities.

“Art makes me feel like I can do things differently,” he said. “If I see something, I could go ahead to sketch it.”

Being an artist is more than an activity; it’s a way of seeing. Jenkins recalled a creative moment he had when he encountered a farmer’s truck sitting in Lansing Community College campus. “It reminded me of a dragon all of a sudden,” he recalled.

His enthusiasm for art is part of an overall, wide-eyed approach to life that begins with visual curiosity.

“For example, if I stand in the middle of a street, I’ll find a perspective and see if I like it,” explained Jenkins.

His Adobe Photoshop work revels in the vibrant colors and natural beauty of Lansing area landscapes.

But Jenkins is not limited to only one medium, genre or approach.

“I try to mix various types of arts with the work I do — maybe have a little bit realism, but also have a cartoon look at the same time,” he said.

Art has given Jenkins more than an outlet for talent. It has infused everything around him with new possibilities.

“You can get creative with what you see, and I take pleasure in that — how you can see something and get creative with it,” he said.