Trained at the University of Washington School of Fine Art, Jennifer received her BFA in Painting in 1992 and teaching certification from Western Washington University in 1995. After graduating, however, she spent several years following opportunities in the business and tech industries. Then in 2006 she came back to her love of art, embracing a new career as a full time artist, which she still enjoys today. Preferring to paint from memory, Jennifer layers thin and thick applications of acrylic paint, focusing on the variety of texture and color of the piece in combination with the natural forms of the composition. Trained by abstract expressionists, she paints quickly preferring a gestural style giving her paintings a whimsical fun energy. Her award winning work is well loved and collected worldwide as well as locally in the Northwest where she spends most her time. Over the years, Jennifer has lived in Seattle, Bellingham, and the Skagit Valley. She also enjoyed a childhood in the beautiful Puget Sound region where she spent every summer camping and hiking with her family in the Olympics, Cascades, and down to the Oregon Coast. She is now happy to call the beautiful Willamette Valley home, a short journey from her coastal childhood summers. She continues to be an outdoor enthusiast – hiking every week and creating paintings celebrating her natural surroundings from her downtown Corvallis, Oregon studio, a short walk from the serenity of the Willamette river, Farmer’s markets, and a slower happy life.