Jennifer Holmes

After attending Rochester Institute of Technology and Hartford Art School, Jennifer holds a degree in graphic design, (R.I.T /CCSU). She minored in Marketing Management at the Central Connecticut State University, but it was afterwards that she decided to pursue her art.

Jennifer studied drawing and oil painting with Bernard McTigue, Michael Graves, John Traynor, Diane Aeschliman, Camille Przewodek, Mark Boedges, and pastel painting with Frank Federico. She has also participated in Plein Air Painters of America Workshops offered (in conjunction with the Scotsdale Artist’s School).

Jennifer found much inspiration working with instructors Ken Backhaus, Ron Rencher, Joseph Mendez and Ralph Oberg. Ever since she has always been with brush tightly in hand. Her desire to paint, strength of purpose and focus, has enabled her to paint full time. Essentially a plein air painter, she derives her creative Inspiration from the natural world, expressing in landscape, seascape, still life, and figure painting. She admits painting is a lifelong love for her, and happily calls it her career as well. Her vision is from the past to future for this very exciting time for artists and their works, as there’s so much positive energy from the artists and public alike. In addition, 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 won an award. Plus, she received the Highest 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.”