Jennifer is an Art Program alumni. While attending Chemeketa from 2005 - 2007, she explored Introduction to Art History (the three class series), Introduction to Drawing (all levels), Figure Drawing (all levels), Basic Design (Black & White and Color), and Printmaking. She went on to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Painting (with a minor in Art History) at Western Oregon University in 2010. She has received multiple awards such the Lake Oswego Arts and Crafts League Scholarship for women artists in full time education and the Western Oregon University Renewable Scholarship for transfer students in Art. Her work can be seen at the Salem Art Association.
"Because I am committed to the joy and energy of the process of creating, each painting takes me on a journey. An intense love of line, shape and colour combine to make an exciting or compelling work.
"Texture and spatial relationships are two elements that are vital. My painting is as much about the movement and manipulation of the paint as it is about any given subject. Although I have content in mind and begin with a drawing, I do not plan how the paintings will look when they are finished, but allow them to take on a life of their own and develop and transform as I work, responding intuitively to the colours and lines of each piece. If there is a subject, it is an exploration of space and distance, an expression of the tension and/or ease that exists between people and their environment.
"It is about the process and the mystery of discovery. It is about constructing and de-constructing, creating and destroying and re-creating. I do not focus on the outcome, but concentrate on the motion and energy of mark making. It is about the journey, not the destination."
-Jennifer Gimzewski, 2012