patina / elegant decay / rough plaster walls / parchment / old documents / my daughters' artwork / their spontaneous scribbling / oyster shells / biological sciences / old books / calligraphy / old maps / a sense of place / botanicals / foxed antique mirrors / historic preservation / Marché aux Puces / antique textiles / candlelight / silk ribbon / October / neutrals / red lipstick / the first camellias of the season
After receiving a degree in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Science from the Medical College of Georgia, Jennifer began her career as a Medical Illustrator in Virginia. She continued her medical illustration career after returning to her native South Carolina in 2006, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and their boykin spaniel, Olive.
"There are only two worthwhile things to leave behind when you depart this world of ours: children and art"
After nearly twenty years as a medical illustrator, I realized that I had no artwork to "leave behind." Inspired by my daughters' spontaneous and prolific artwork, I transitioned from representational work of a didactic nature to explore expressionism. Contemporary works, with an antique aesthetic, influenced by emotion and medium rather than subject. To capture a memory, a mood, an atmosphere, yet often incorporating a figure or an object gathered from the landscape. Favoring texture and muted tones, I work in layers, deliberately creating patina...finding beauty in imperfection.