Biography and Education

Jenifer grew up in northeast Georgia, in an area thickly covered in loblolly pines on terraced hillsides – remnants of the area’s onetime timber farms and cotton fields.  As a child, she would often immerse herself in the woodsy landscape surrounding her home, exploring the shapes, colors and scents of her local terrain.  Her affinity for outdoor spaces eventually led her to study landscape architecture and, towards that degree, landscape rendering techniques.

Jenifer practiced landscape architecture and illustration for many years before deciding to devote more time to watercolor painting.  Her pen drawings of animals and wildlife settings are featured in Russell Link’s book, Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest, and six of her watercolors are on permanent display at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, OR.  She has exhibited her watercolors at various Seattle-area events, including the Edmonds Arts Festival, the Greenwood Artwalk, and the Ballard Artwalk.

Jenifer received a B.A. in English Literature from Williams College, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia.  She has studied watercolor under many artists and participated in various workshops, locally, regionally and internationally.

Jenifer currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

 Artist’s Statement

I’ve always loved the transparency of watercolor and how it allows for repeated overlays of colors to create beautiful, delicate blends.  Beyond the blends, though, I find the medium expressive in so many ways – its “tell-all” nature readily reveals where water puddled and sat for awhile, where one pigment pushed at another, in what direction color was applied, the “weather conditions” (wet or dry) under which paint was applied. . . and the list goes on.  I find that employing these playful aspects of the medium, while also building a representational image, will often create a lively, animated final painting.  That is what I strive for.

I typically paint outdoor subjects, in both natural and built environments, and I find I’m drawn to conveying the physical form and massing – the directional growth or pull, the fissures, the evidence of other forces having worked on the form – of outdoor objects.  I’m particularly drawn to depicting trees, stone, and weathered forms and how they express the natural forces that have shaped, twisted and/or eroded them.

Jenifer Rees