I believe everyone is an artist in some way, whether it is the presentation of a fine meal or the construction of a beautiful home, the wording of a contract or the way a mother raises a child. Each of us has the ability to make art. Mine just happens to be in paint.?
After spending nearly two years aboard a sailboat and cruising the West Coast, I really came to appreciate the quality of light and how different latitudes could affect the way I would see a subject. My favorite experience evolves around capturing warm reflected light on bougainvillea-draped buildings in Mexico. That same investigation of how light plays off of an item is what galvanizes me into painting a subject. It doesn?t matter if it is a ferryboat or a bouquet of flowers.
When teaching, I try to get my students to 'SEE' the different ways that the color gray is present in our images. Everything shy of a pure color pigment is a mixture of primary colors that give us a whole world of beautiful grays. My grays have a whole lot of purple to them. The interaction of warm light and cool shadows is what excites me about painting.
I am third generation artist and am a winner of the coveted Skagit Valley Tulip poster contest for 2004 and the 2004 Edmonds Arts Festival Poster. I have designed Washington State's new Heritage Birth Certificate and am currently working with Eddie Bauer on their Summer Catalog cover. My work can be found in both private and corporate collections locally and international, including France and the Netherlands.
I teach near my hometown of Anacortes, Washington, gateway to the San Juan Islands. I divide my time between that, painting for the local art festival circuit, keeping up with my eleven-year-old son and occasionally going sailing with my husband.
Watch her demo during a lecture on this short You-Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgLyGBTSlho
Jennifer's work is currently showing in these galleries:
Aurora Fine Art; Anchorage, AK
Gallery West: Fairhaven, WA
Cole Gallery: Edmonds, WA
Millstream; Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA
Scott Milo Gallery: Anacortes, WA
State of the Arts Gallery; Olympia, WA
Sarah Jessica Gallery; Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA
William Bounds Gallery: Burlington, WA
Wilson Gallery: Mt. Vernon, WA
Island International Artists, Reps to all other Galleries 360-293-9572
Other Accomplishments and Awards:
2013 Anacortes Arts Festival Poster Artist
2012 Quarto Publishing, London The Acrylic Guide to Color
2011 Illustrations wine and bear labels for Ron Hansen Design
2010 Eddie Bauer Catalog Cover Summer
2009 Quarto Publishing, London: Acrylic Trade Secrets for Acrylic Artists
2008 HBO Films "Taking Chances" background art
2007 Quarto Publishing, London: Acrylic Flower Painters A-Z
2007 Quarto Publishing, London: Watercolour Flower Painter?s Bible
2005 Washington State Birth Certificate
2004 Skagit Valley Tulip Poster
2004 Edmonds Arts Festival Poster
2004/5 Anacortes Waterfront Festival Poster
2004 MacGregor Telephone and Visitor Guide Covers, Mt. Vernon, WA
2004 Northlight Books; Artists Reference Photo Nautical Material
2001 Edmonds Art Festival Edmonds Mayor?s Purchase Award
1999 Puyallup Fair Paintings, 200th Anniversary of Mt. Rainier Award
Coming Art Festivals:
2013 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival at Tulip Town, April
2013 Anacortes Arts Festival, August 3-5, #619-620