It's COLORED PENCIL!
Jennifer Carpenter Solo Exhibit
Nov. 24 - Jan 23, 2021
2019 Edna Curry / John Bower Exhibition Winner
Jennifer Phillips Carpenter, originally from Bridgewater VA, has over 35 years of experience working with colored pencil. Her interest in art was encouraged throughout her youth and she graduated from Bridgewater College with a BA in art.
Frustration when trying painting during her college years lead to her independent colored pencil study in 1986 … she had found her niche! In 1990 she became a charter member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.
Jennifer uses the finest, most permanent and light-fast colored pencils in the world to create her works of art, but like most colored pencil artists, got her start with Prismacolors and still uses them on occasion. No solvents are used; multiple layers of color are applied to achieve the desired effect. As many as 15-20 layers may be required. Finished works have multiple layers of Golden Archival Spray Varnish w/UVLS.
In recent years she has started utilizing an Icarus Board, a heated surface specially designed for colored pencil artists to heat the paper as the artist works, allowing wax based pencils to be manipulated and blended in a more painterly manner. She especially enjoys creating the illusion of glass, dazzling reflections, weathered surfaces, and water drops. She spends anywhere from 20-120 hours on any given piece before completion. Her ability to capture tiny details is what draws the viewer to look more closely. Her mother collected Blenko glass and it has shown up in several her works, as have other materials with shiny, highly reflective surfaces.
Jennifer is an active member of the Floyd Artists Association, Floyd VA, a member of The League of Roanoke Artists, and an active member/secretary of The Market Gallery in Roanoke.
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