Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Marie Keller.
Jennifer Marie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a painter. My mom said I would hide paper and crayon under my pillow so I could draw after my bedtime. It’s funny, my parents are science and math people all about function over aesthetic, I am just the opposite. I see the world as intensely beautiful and I have always wanted to give others that visual pleasure.
I have been studying painting all my life. I took private painting classes in high school, received my BFA in 2 dimensional arts, and even got to study art history in Italy. Though, it was my move to Chicago that really changed my life.
Chicago has this really cool classical painting and drawing school called The Ravenswood Atelier. I was trained like the old master painters of the 19th century. Everything is lit from natural light coming through skylights, from nude figure models to elaborate still life’s.
Studying in Chicago was a dream. I studied painting in a place that felt like I was in the old world; but then, I could also go downtown to a sparkling modern city. I have recently graduated and I’m now working on new painting in my studio.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a painter and a very curious person. I love that mysterious exhilarating feeling of curiosity and I want to infuse that in my paintings, a curious slice of story that the viewer can fill in with their own answers. Music, books, and the classics are great places where I find inspiration. I’ll take a scene from Macbeth that invokes an idea and keep flipping it around and around in my head until I get a really interesting image.
I give lots of variety in a painting, from the image it is expressing to how it was painting. I want there to be little surprises that you can find the more you look at it, as in interesting brushwork in the foreground or a scraping affect in the corner. I find paint to be endless with possibilities of how it can be manipulated, and I want to explore its full potential to make a really interesting painting.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Being an artist today means wearing a lot of different hats. You need to be a painter, framer, business women, and know a bit about computers. I think one of the biggest challenges is being able to balance it all.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My website is JenniferMarieKeller.com where you can see my portfolio of paintings. I also have a blog on my website where I upload weekly videos that show me making my work. You can support me by acquiring a piece of artwork from my online shop or following me on YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram.
- Website: JenniferMarieKeller.com
- Email: JenniferMarieKeller@gmail.com
- Instagram: JenniferMariePainting
- Facebook: JenniferMarieKeller
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuS3tkDFLe5PoeA7qpi6wzA
All painting done by Jennifer Marie Keller. From top to bottom, right to left: Kevin, The Alchemist’s Table, Red Pot and Garlic, Jamie, Oil and Dried Rose Petals, Offering a Prophesy, Jamie, Cherubs.