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I paint in both Oils and Acrylics
I love to experiment by the addition of interesting materials to my work
Each painting is Original, Expressive, and painted Intuitively
When I saw my MRI and the “big black hole” where part of my brain used to be, I thought, “Perhaps painting could help stimulate the areas of my brain that had become damaged in my hemorrhagic occipital stroke?” Therefore while in recovery I began painting as a sort of “self imposed therapy”. My previous employment as a Physical Therapy Assistant had sparked this very useful idea. As a young teen I found solace in art. I was good at it. I enjoyed the colors and textures. In college I studied art education but life happens. Life was full before my stroke working with my husband and raising my three girls. Even though I wasn’t creating art at the time I always appreciated the intrinsic beauty in the every day. I was one of those people who would get struck with creative vision and would look to repurpose items into something new. You could find me at salvage yards, in thrift stores and even at the occasional dumpster. When starting over as a visual artist with a disability I began with what I knew. My first few original paintings were painted in acrylic and were copies of interesting images that I had found. Even though I had a new creative outlet I was ultimately dissatisfied with the outcome. I had desired to produce a realistic copy of what I had seen and was failing. I realized however the kind of brain damage that I have was hindering this process. All of the emotions that were built up in me, from my stroke and my inability to connect with my art, were clamoring to escape. So I put away the books and magazines with dazzling images and turned on some lively music and just began to paint. The disappointment I was feeling just melted away. Painting has caused me to learn a few things about myself; that I am an emotional person and producing art helps me to connect with my emotions. Artists are always trying new things. Sometimes this is out of frustration and other times out of curiosity. I switched to using oil paint rather than acrylic. I find oil to be more fluid and versatile. I stretched yet again to adding roofing tar as a new medium to my oil paintings. I have experimented with using it as a primer for the canvas and painting on top of the tar, as well as mixing it in with the oil paint. The tar is dark yet I find it adds dimension to my work. Lately I have been experimenting with adding dyes to my canvases, in addition to resists. This is a multi step process that I have developed, but the end result is a loose and intuitively painted work, which is ‘created’ during the process. Most of my original paintings are for sale. If there is something that interests you, please feel free to contact me.
Always a keen observer of her surroundings and the world around her, Jen has been recording these images in her mind and on paper since childhood. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College - Sparkhill, New York. Throughout adulthood, Jen often worked in various mediums, including photography and ceramics, as well as painting. At this time, her art remained a hobby, as she was busy raising three daughters. Following a traumatic closed head injury, Jen began to paint as a therapeutic means to stimulate brain activity. She loved the feel of the paints and canvas beneath her fingers as she “connected” with her work in a very real sense. Many of her works were created using her fingers and hands rather than brushes. She prefers this method when the subject matter and medium allows. It is very instinctual and “free”. Her paintings contain brilliant vivid color, and expressive form and movement. “I have learned from painting, that painting expresses feeling, and I want my viewers to be able to ‘react’, to feel something, when viewing my work. Not to just view a pretty picture. Unless that pretty picture makes them happy whenever they look at it; that’s a reaction!” Recently her work has exploded, reaching new levels. By working with tar and/or mixed media, she creates a dramatic surface with the subject matter becoming more abstract/contemporary. Jen now paints full time from her studio in her home near Philadelphia. Her work has been chosen for many juried art shows throughout South Florida & the Northeast, and she is privately collected and corporatelt collected. Before recently moving to PA, she was a member of The Barn Artists’ Group and The Seabranch Art League, both of Hobe Sound, Florida.
I am currently in the process of moving from the South to the North. Both home and Studio. It will take some time to unpack all of my supplies and paintings and get organized... one of my goals, as this new studio is MUCH larger than the old one!
What you've been viewing is my new website! Something I have been dreaming about for a long time. And like my painting... it will always be a work in progress. Don't be surprised to see changes, because... well... that's me!
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My paintings are an experience! I immerse myself in my work, experimenting with various interesting mediums, and paint from my soul.
When I play around with my paints, I am fascinated at how the positioning of various colors makes all the difference in a work of art.
and you'll never work another day in your life. I truly believe in this quote by Confucius. For I have found my true passion. And it is creating.