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Biography

     Through fantastical imagery of angels, warriors, flying umbrellas, natural disasters and more, Jennifer’s artwork flirts with the dark light of the macabre where the ugly basks in the juxtaposed glow of the beautiful. Personal journal pages transform into surrealistic imagery bearing a deeply metaphorical message pertaining to the journey of the being through growth and change as well as the examination of the psyche.  She plays the role of the Scribe; documenting her experiences along the journey’s path, inviting her audience to “See the Story Unheard.” Her work has a tender quality that gives depth and a feeling of nuance. Although her subject matter is of a very personal nature, she holds a little back which draws the viewer to question meaning to a greater extent.

 

     After her divorce in 2013, Jennifer left her accounting job of 15 years in Atlanta, GA to return to her home state of Virginia where she devoted herself to art and her studies at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach. In 2016 she graduated, earning a BFA with Honors in Digital Imaging. Creating out of cathartic necessity, she developed a passion for storytelling and is dedicated to the healing power of art and raising awareness about how art enhances the well-being of individuals, society and the environment.

 

     Each image is carefully constructed using elements of conceptual photography and contemporary surrealism and are comprised of multiple photographs including self-portraits that are composited together with a myriad of digital effects & artfully blended with textures; giving her artwork a painterly aesthetic. She calls upon her talents in fabrication as needed to create various headpieces and props such as islands made of wooden matchsticks and armored chiropractic spines to facilitate a sense of whimsy to an otherwise heavy subject matter. Her process is restrained and planned to a certain point until her creative and emotional side jumps in the driver’s seat & all predetermined & predicted outcome fades into a swirl of what was, what is & what will be.

 

     Jennifer currently resides in the Cleveland, Ohio area and is represented by Stravitz Sculpture and Fine Art Gallery in Virginia Beach, VA. Other noteworthy accomplishments include a year-long representation at the Tiffani Taylor Gallery in Savannah, GA in 2018,  First Place in the monthly “Juried Exhibition June 2017” at the Artworks Gallery, Richmond, VA and has exhibited in a number of other juried group shows including but not limited to, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA - “Small Works & Miniatures by Tidewater Artists 2016,” as well as the “Juried Virginia Artists 2017 Show”, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Atrium, Atlanta, GA –“ Airport Show 2017- Atlanta Photography Group”, Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria, VA - “Captured Beauty Photography Exhibition 2017”, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, VA – “Photo ‘17 National Competition”, WCA-Colorado, Denver, Colorado –“Metamorphosis Fine Art Exhibition 2017” , BAYarts, Bay Village, Ohio – “Annual Call To Artists 2019 Exhibition” , Avon Lake Library Creative Space Avon Show 2019, and  winner of the Directors Choice Award, Creative Space Avon Creative Women Today show 2019.  Solo exhibitions of note are, “33” Dogwood City Gallery, Tallapoosa, GA (2018), “Meet The Artist” Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA (2019), Facing Forward Gallery & Art Space 78th Street Studios, Cleveland, and

Walkabout Tremont January & June 2019 (The Treehouse), Tremont, OH where she was voted best artist of the Walkabout January 2019 and featured on CoolCleveland.com. .

 

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“Ultimately photography is about who you are. It’s the truth in relation to yourself. And seeking truth becomes a habit.” – Leonard Freed

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