Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1976, Jennifer Spencer was raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.In grade school, Jennifer studied privately with artist Pat Carroll, and her paintings and drawings won several awards in local competitions.Jennifer later attended University of North Carolina, Greensboro where she studied art history and studio drawing.
In 1997, Spencer relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, where she received commissions for local businesses and residents.One notable commission of eighteen 6’ by 4’ paintings for Club Tango in 1998 brought recognition, a spot on local television, and further work as a mural artist.
In 2001, Jennifer studied at the Gibbes Studio with renowned Charleston artists Rhett Thurman,Jim Darlington and Beth Hodges.Jennifer later made the acquaintance of acclaimed Maine painter, Mitch Billis.Says Spencer of Billis, “Mitch teaches the fundamentals of painting, including edges, value, color and center of interest.Having Mitch critique each piece is invaluable.I have also learned a lot by observing him paint and explain his choices and decisions.”
Spencer, however, naturally gravitates more towards the studio, where she can explore the secret life of Things.Employing Impressionistic painting techniques, Jennifer Spencer elevates mundane, everyday objects- fruit, flowers and vegetables- imbuing them with an elegant gravitas previously concealed.
When asked about her work, Jennifer says, "I hope to present an honest vision in my paintings, and give reverence to often overlooked objects.Quiet, truth, beauty are all themes I explore in my work.I enjoy the lifelong learning process that comes with being a painter, and I look forward to future projects and opportunities.