The ART Beat of Forsyth Woman – A Monthly Column That Keeps its Finger on the Pulse of Forsyth’s Artists and Their Inspiring Stories

This month’s featured artist, Chantae Reynolds, is a visionary in the way she blends innovation and heritage throughout every aspect of her work with an immense sense of detail. 

Chantae Reynolds  | JK Woodworked Creations – Woodworking and Laser Designs                  

How would you describe your work? 

My work is a seamless fusion of technology and tradition, where laser design meets the warmth of woodworking. My passion for craftsmanship and innovation, blends intricate laser-cut elements with the natural beauty of wood and acrylic. I craft everything from elegant earrings and eye-catching signs to custom wood art and furnishings with a commitment to detail and quality. 

What influences your art? 

Nature serves as a boundless source of inspiration. I was born and raised here in Winston-Salem, and living in this area has provided me with an amazing range of shapes, textures and colors which are often reflected in my designs. The intricate patterns found in leaves, the grain of wood or the play of light on water – all of these elements find their way into my work, infusing it with a sense of natural beauty. On the flip side, being able to use technology in my creations lets me have a lot of fun and do things that would otherwise be daunting by hand – so I can really do some playful, fun things. Overall, my work is a celebration of creativity, collaboration, community and the endless possibilities that arise when artistry and technology intersect.

How have you evolved, personally, as an artist? 

Whether it’s attending workshops at Mixxer Community Makerspace, collaborating with fellow artists and business owners, or immersing myself in various artistic disciplines, I embrace every opportunity for evolution and transformation. As a teacher, I’ve always had a mindset of continuous learning and growth. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in education, so I’m deeply committed to expanding my knowledge and skills. This dedication extends to my artistic endeavors, where I actively seek out new experiences, techniques and influences to broaden my creative horizons.

Furthermore, my partnership with my husband has been instrumental in my personal artistic journey. Initially conceived as JK Woodworked Creations to channel his creativity, our venture has evolved into a shared artistic outlet for our entire family. Working alongside my husband and our son on numerous projects over the years has not only deepened our connection as a family but has also enriched our understanding of the world around us.

How do you carve out time to be creative?  

Honestly, it comes fairly naturally to me and my family because creativity is ingrained in our lifestyle. We spend all our free time engaging in various creative hobbies and supporting friends and community who do the same. We’ve intentionally structured our daily routines to include dedicated blocks of time for creativity. Whether it’s making things in the evenings and then having a late meal together, woodworking on weekends or brainstorming new ideas over Sunday brunch, creative endeavors are seamlessly woven into the fabric of our lives.

What is your favorite part of teaching art classes in the community? 

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work has been the experience of hosting painting pop-ups. Collaborating with local businesses to host these events has not only provided a platform for my mobile paint pop-ups but has also brought new patrons to these establishments. I love being able to offer a unique opportunity for individuals to unwind, socialize with friends and tap into their creative side. It’s been truly fulfilling to witness people enjoying themselves, forging new connections and returning as repeat attendees. My favorite thing about these classes is highlighting the positive impact that creativity can have in bringing people together.

What are you working on that excites you right now?  

I’m buzzing with excitement over a new project that’s blending two of my favorite techniques! I recently took a Gelli Plate Printing class at Mixxer, and let me tell you, I’m hooked. Gelli Printing is a form of monoprinting – or single image printing of your original design. I have been learning how to use these plates with acrylic paints to create my own custom art. Here’s the twist – I’ve started merging Gelli plate printing with my laser-cut earrings. Using this technique on wood and acrylic is a gamechanger, and I’m creating these stunning, playful designs that are unlike anything I’ve done before! It feels like the perfect fusion of creativity and craftsmanship, and I’m pumped to see how people react to these pieces!

What is one piece of advice you’d like to share with fellow artists, especially those at the start of their careers? 

Embrace that your individuality is your greatest strength as an artist. Instead of trying to emulate someone else’s style or chase trends, focus on cultivating your own artistic identity. Your unique perspective is what will ultimately resonate with others and make your art truly compelling. Embrace the ups and downs of your journey, celebrate your successes and stay true to your vision. Your voice matters, and the world is waiting to hear what you have to say through your art.

If you are interested in learning more about this month’s artist, Chantae Reynolds, you can find her work online at as well as follow her on Facebook and Instagram @jkwoodworkedcreationsllc.


Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Stay up to date with our events and get exclusive article content right to your inbox!

Latest Stories

Other Featured Articles


All Article in Current Issue

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay up to date with our events and get exclusive article content right to your inbox!