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Bio

“When I’m painting on location, usually in the mountains, I can take a deep breath and listen to the environment around me. I can see the crispness of the colors, the softness or hard edges of mountain peaks, or changes of light and shadows. I paint what I see but feel it is more than just painting, I’m trying to capture the moment and why I was drawn to it.”

Jennifer was born in Portland, OR and moved to Colorado as a young child. She spent her childhood summers camping and hiking all over the United States with her family. It was Jennifer’s father, a plant pathologist with the US government, who first got Jennifer hooked on wildlife and landscapes.

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas in 1996. She was directed into the Graphic Design field and put down the canvas and paint for computers. After college, her first job was a graphic designer for a clothing company where she designed promotional materials, directed photo shoots, and designed catalogs.  Her career took a different direction in 1999, when she quit her job and took a leap of faith to start her own faux painting business. She applied and painted custom wall finishes in private homes, including Italian inspired plasters and murals. To remain on the cutting edge of the faux painting market, Jennifer studied in Italy with a master faux finisher and muralist. Jennifer’s work was featured in several Kansas City home and garden magazines. Jennifer was the most sought after faux finisher in Kansas City.  The experience in Italy sparked her desire to paint landscapes.

In 2005, her husband Roy was offered a job to relocate to Colorado. They made the difficult decision to shut down Jen’s business so they could be closer to the outdoor lifestyle that they loved.  Jennifer and Roy reside in Lakewood, CO with their three boys Grant, Sean, and Mark. She has been balancing being a mother and a landscape painter for the last 10 years. She enjoys plein air painting and the challenge of capturing an ever changing and nuanced scene.

Education:

2012 – Winter Advanced Workshop – Lorenzo Chavez

2010 – Art Mentorship – Jay Moore

2004 – Extensive study with artist Nicola Vigini – Umbria, Italy

1996 – Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Kansas

Awards:

2012 – Honorable Mention – Artist of Northern Colorado National Art Exhibition

2012 – Merit Award – Plein Air Artist of Colorado National Juried Fine Art Exhibition

2012 – Merit Award – Salon International Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art

2012 – Jury’s Top 50 – Salon International Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art

2012 – Gallery Award, Randy Higbee 6×6

Publications: 

Southwest Art, November 2012 “Artist to Watch”

American Art Collector, May 2012 – Featured artist in the Plein Air Artists 16th National Juried Fine Art Exhibition

Western Art Collector, June 2011 – Featured artist in the Plein Air Artists 15th National Juried Fine Art Exhibition

Organizations:

AWA -American Women Artist

AIS – American Impressionist Society

PAAC – Plein Air Artists of Colorado

WAOW – Women Artist of the West

OPA – Oil Painters of America

Selected Exhibitions:

2015- Traveling the West Art Show & Sale – Southwest Gallery, TX

2015 – National Museum of Wildlife Art “Plein Air Fest” – Jackson Hole, WY

2015 –  Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale – Greeley Stampede, Greeley , CO

2015 – C.M. Russell “Art in Action” – Great Falls, MT

2015 – C.M. Russell “Live Auction” – Great Falls, MT

2014 – Coeur d’ Alene “Miniatures by the Lake” Show

2014 – National Museum of Wildlife Art “Plein Air Fest” – Jackson Hole, WY

2014 –  Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale – Greeley Stampede, Greeley , CO

2014 – C.M. Russell “Art in Action” – Great Falls, MT

2014 – C.M. Russell “Live Auction” – Great Falls, MT

2014 – Western Masters – Great Falls, MT

2013 – “Holiday Miniatures” – Legacy Gallery, AZ

2013 – Scottsdale Salon – Legacy Gallery, AZ

2013 – Coeur d’ Alene “Miniatures by the Lake” Show

2013 – National Museum of Wildlife Art “Plein Air Fest” – Jackson Hole, WY

2013 – Oil Painters of America National Salon – Petoskey, MI

2013 – Western Masters – Great Falls, MT

2012 – Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction – Ft. Collins, CO

2012 – Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale – Greeley Stampede, Greeley , CO

2012 – Salon International – Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX

2012 – Plein Air Artists 16th National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale – Taos, NM

2012 – Scottsdale Salon – Legacy Gallery, AZ

2012 – Parker Adventist Hospital’s Featured artist – Parker, CO

2012 – The Russell – C.M. Russell Museum – Great Falls, MT

2012 – Randy Higbee 6” Squared Exhibit and Sale – Costa Mesa, CA

2012 – Lone Tree Art Exhibit and Show – Lone Tree, CO

2011 – Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale – Greeley Stampede, Greeley , CO

2011 – Plein Air Artists 15th National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale – Saks Gallery Denver, CO

2011 – Telluride Plein Air – Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

2011 – Salon International – Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX

2011 – PaintAmerica Top 100

2011 – “Castlewood Canyon Through the Season” Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO