Jennifer Kane painting Aren’t we lucky?

This rich earth, the place we live, provides us with so much sustenance.

Making art is a way to engage with the sights, sounds, and wonders of the world around us.  It’s a way of engaging our senses with our abilities, outer observations with our inner life.

Since earning a BFA and MFA at the University of Illinois U/C, some of my art life privileges have included taking part in workshops by other painters, which gave me the opportunity to build new skills and pick up ideas about how to be the best teacher I can be. Museum and gallery visits in Paris, L.A., Pheonix, New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Buffalo, and Chicago presented opportunities to learn from current and past artists who were masters of their craft.

Developing a perspective and techniques uniquely mine are part of the work and fun. With those assets in hand, my painting has become a language that I can use to express thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Each of my paintings is approached and created in the spirit of writing a song or a poem, creating a portrait about the given subject of that piece.

A lifelong interest in sustainability is a central focus for my art work.  For the past five years, I have devoted myself to studying climate dynamics and using my artwork to communicate about it to others.  Several new series have emerged, including related photo essays and abstract works on paper.  It’s an exciting time.  Make more art.

Jennifer Kane

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