Jennifer, whose first career is singing, has been living in Montgomery County since 1989 and began a study of the figure in oil at The Art League of Alexandria in 2000. Influenced by her love of impressionist Singer Sargent, she has pursued a love of portraits, winning several first and best in show prizes. She has been accepting commissions since 2004 and produced a double portrait of the founder of Community Bible Study for their headquarters in Colorado in 2006. Jennifer gives back to the community - her “Pumpkin Pie with Strawberries I and II” palette knife works raised money twice, including once as a cover illustration on a cookbook benefitting at-risk youth in 2013. She co-founded a Monday night inner city arts program in 2000, AGAP www.agapdc.org , volunteering as a teacher of singing and art in Southeast D.C., Anacostia, for 11 years.
Her paintings have been purchased internationally from Sydney, Australia; Vancouver and Edmonton in her native Canada; and in the U.S. in Colorado Springs, Potomac, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Chevy Chase, Bethesda and Leesburg, Virginia. Jennifer made her solo gallery debut at the Great Hall Gallery at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Washington DC in April 2014. She has been a resident artist at Capital Arts Network, Washington Artworks, and now at her current studio, Artists and Makers, all in Rockville MD. Currently a member of Glen Kessler’s Compass Atelier Master Artists program, and most recently at the late New Masters Art Gallery in Rockville, she is now excited to have her work on display at Retrouvé Home Gallery in Gaithersburg. Jennifer looks forward to blending her love of music and opera into her future narrative work.
For as long as I can remember I have sung and I have acted. It was my chosen vocation over many years even to the present. Opera was my medium — an artistic vehicle capable of transporting an audience to another place and era through classical sound and visual effect.
Now as a painter I am intrigued to give insight into both the opera character’s guise and the singer’s genuine face, surreptitiously peering behind the mask. I take photographs of my subjects posed in evocative lighting, seeking to capture a single, fleeting moment of commonality, as the actor occupies the part in period costume. What emotion can be glimpsed through the analysis of a characterful expression? What enigmatic puzzle lives side-by-side in the sitter’s reality and the character’s story? What is more real, the person or the persona? What I seek to impart is a subtle, emotional undertone common to both the fictional narrative and the actor. Through the juxtaposition of humanity, role, and paint on canvas, I celebrate these two subjects’ intertwined existence.
Gallery Shows and Exhibitions
The Compass Atelier Master Artist Program Thesis Exhibition Artists & Makers Studios Rockville, MD (solo), 2018
Retrouvé Gallery,Wires & Skies – Trees & Byways Small Works Show (solo), 2017
Herndon ArtSpace Expressions Portrait Competition Exhibit, 2017
Kensington Labor Day Art Show, 2017
New Masters Art Gallery Visual Envelopes Show (solo), 2017
WCCC Community Art Show and Sale, 2017
Friendship Heights Montgomery Art Association Spring and Summer shows, 2017
Artomatic (solo) Potomac MD, 2017
Montgomery Art Association Kensington Labor Day Show, 2016
Yellow Barn members drawing exhibition, 2016
Montgomery Art Association Kensington Labor Day Show, 2015
Dodona Manor Paintout Leesburg VA, 2014
Aylesbury Tearoom, Leesburg VA, 2014
Resident Artists Show, Washington Artworks, January, Rockville MD, 2014
Great Hall Gallery Show, Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Washington DC (solo), 2014
Lost Creek Winery Show, 2013
Chevy Chase United Methodist Church Show, 2008
Art in the Park, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Washington D.C., 2005
Art in the Park, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Washington D.C., 2004
Brad Pomeroy Students Art Show, McLean School, 2000
National Press Club Christian Art Show, 1999
Union Station “Hope in Our City” Show, 1998