I am an artist living on beautiful Kangaroo Island in South Australia. My journey to here has been a colourful and interesting one.
From Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where I was born and grew up and feel blessed to have experienced the beauty of Africa ,her images, music and people to England where I was able to tap into my Celtic heritage .Then on to Australia, finally settling in the tropical north in Darwin where I spent over 30 years.
I trained as a professional Window Dresser and spent many years enjoying a creative working life for the most part working freelance.
From a very young age I loved to collect things from the natural world. I still do to this day and use many in my still life setups for drawings .I am largely a self taught artist and while I work in pastels my favourite medium is colour pencil and graphite which allows me to create the fine detail I so enjoy doing. You are able to see the essence of things.
I am also fascinated by things that are past. The vitality of life may have gone but another beauty remains. Telling a story from within. The small and everyday also have a beauty and reminds us of the beautiful and fragile world we live within.
My hope is my art brings that awareness and a desire to care.
I have enjoyed a successful solo exhibition and been part of several group shows in Adelaide at the National Wine Centre during SALA over the years and on Kangaroo Island being awarded 1st Prize and Best in Show at the Easter Art Exhibition 2015.
I have work in private collections around Australia, England and Switzerland.
Lisa Slade, Curator at the Art Gallery of South Australia commented – “Marvellous, incredible kind of miracles of close observation beautifully drawn. Jennifer produces them on drafting film that have a kind of magic about them”
All research material for my work is ethically sourced.