Jennifer Holmes

Over the past 20 years, Jennifer has participated in a variety of shows; including Plein Air Competitions, National and Regional juried shows, and Invitational Shows. After attending Rochester Institute of Technology, Hartford Art School and finishing with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing Management at the Central Connecticut State University, she decided to pursue painting. She studied drawing and oil painting with a varied crew of professional painters including; Bernard McTigue, Michael Graves, John Traynor, Kenn Erroll Backhaus and others. She is an elected member in some highly regarded historic art associations; such as Rockport and Northshore Art Associations, as well as The Lyme Art Association and the Mystic Museum of Art. She is a Signature Artist Member with Hudson Valley Art Association and Invited Artist Member of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club, Springfield Academic Artists and Connecticut Academy of Fine Artists. She is a member of the American Society of Marine Artist (ASMA). Her work has been in The Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine, for the last 9 years

Jennifer enjoys painting plein air because of the light and the atmosphere which are stepping off points in nearly every painting. Being outside in the natural changing conditions of light and atmosphere is really the tie that binds her to the pursuit of painting. “It’s very exciting to respond to an immediate environment using the painting vehicle to depict that experience and share it with others.” She travels extensively to juried and invitational plein air events throughout the year, to name a few; Colorado for the Telluride Plein Air 2015 and Easton Plein Air 2015 in Maryland, both of which are heralded top venues in the USA. Internationally, she participated in Art in the Open, a juried plein air event held in Wexford, Ireland, which has achieved a large following over the years, and was awarded a top award. Plus, she received the top award in Connecticut Plein Air Painters Annual Show, juried by renowned artist, Don Demers.

All in all, Jennifer’s interest in marine painting has grown out of her love of the ocean and salt air. “I’m not a sailor but I do so love the ever changing vistas of the seashore that only exist because of tidal changes.”