Jennifer did an undergraduate degree is in Graphic Design at the University of Louisville and a graduate degree is in Mass Communication at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The techniques Jennifer uses are constantly changing, and her style often comes as a result of the medium she’s exploring at a given time. By and large she’s a mixed media artist, always trying new materials and combinations of them – typically they include watercolour markers, ink, spray paint, pencil, cut out paper, block printing, and Photoshop. Sometimes she allows a composition to evolve without knowing what the end result might be like, other times she has a clear idea in her head of what she wants.
Jennifer is fascinated by the digital process. She scans in every doodle and texture she draws or paints, keeping them for reference or for use as layers in new pieces.
Jennifer uses vibrant colour combinations as she builds up maps, cityscapes and scenery from hundreds of smaller handmade elements. Some of her influences include Werner Herzog, Mary Blair, Guy Debord, and Buckminster Fuller.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Jennifer: After growing up, I just never stopped coloring. Training at a very young age in ballet, I have been always drawn to learning new forms of expression. Illustration and design allow this curiosity. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Jennifer: My undergraduate degree in Communication Art & Design is from the University of Louisville in Kentucky and my Masters in Mass Communication is from Virginia Commonwealth University. Question: Where do you live now & what drew you there? Jennifer: Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA. New York has the endless possibility for adventures that I crave. I was drawn to San Francisco as a legendary end of the drive west. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Jennifer: My work is done at home or typically I find a lot of inspiration working around the city in coffee shops, bars, on someone's roof, or on transit. I am that girl drawing everywhere in public. Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Jennifer: As a dancer, music will always be my main inspiration. To me, drawing is dancing with color on paper. Question: Do you collect anything? Jennifer: I am currently working on a 10 x 10 foot map of Brooklyn made in found paper. Each block is represented by a piece of trash from wherever I found it. I collect trash.
Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Jennifer: I keep a variety of sketchbooks and cigar boxes of items. My mother and grandmother make gorgeous and elaborate scrapbooks of our family's lives, so I just do my best to make the subject interesting. Question: What are your interests outside of illustration? Jennifer: Meeting people, ballet, traveling, films. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you've recently completed. Jennifer: I've lately been incorporating my detailed animals into cityscapes and situations around New York. I find much joy in creating the personalities of these characters. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Jennifer: I would love to create children's books with animal characters from various cultures around the world. Question: Do you have any pets? Jennifer: I cat-sit for a good number of my friends when they leave town often enough to feel as though I have about 5 cats - Flora, Cigarette, Phyllis, Monster and Casper. Question: If you could live anywhere, where would you go? Jennifer: I plan to live on a boat some day. Arriving by water is the best feeling I've ever experienced. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Jennifer: An archaeologist, a pilot, or a sea captain. Question: Who would you like to have as your muse if your were painting their portrait? Jennifer: A nice and well-behaved giraffe or zebra.
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: Cafe du Soliel in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco
: Lucky Strike red ball point pen
: Water, Gin and soda
: James Rowland Shop
: Open Culture