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part of abstract landscape painting with aqua blues and whites mixed with collage elements
Jennifer Dowdell and her husband smiling while on the beach with the sunsetting in the background
Jen Dowdell Artist creating painting
Jen Dowdell Artist in studio

A  B  O  U  T     J  E  N  N  I  F  E  R

I am a mixed-media abstract artist creating in Buffalo, NY.


I grew up in the suburbs of Buffalo and have spent my professional career as a graphic designer working in advertising and marketing for over twenty years. I am a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a BFA.

In 2010, I retired from the corporate world to become a full-time caregiver to my parents. After they both sadly passed, I was a bit lost and wasn't sure what I'd do next. At a party one summer day, I met a local collage artist that inspired me to begin a new career. Since that time, my work has evolved and it fills me with joy and I hope to be creating art for the rest of my life!

If you love old-world patina, unique textures, layers, and rich colors, perhaps my artwork may resonate with you and be the perfect addition to your home or office. 

I have been a collector of vintage ephemera (papers) for many years. I love the aged patina of old books, the graceful handwriting of days gone by, and the beauty in vintage illustrations and paintings. These are some of the things I incorporate into my works of art, along with my own creative papers.

When creating, I want to evoke a sense of depth and emotion. Primarily working with acrylic paints and these bits of paper, I combine them to create a rich visual journey for the viewer to enjoy and discover. Amidst the sea of colors, one can discover the bits of ephemera fragments that are woven into the very fabric of the painting. They offer a sense of nostalgia and intrigue, inviting the viewer to delve deeper into layers of meaning hidden within the artwork.

Texture adds a tactile dimension, which creates energy in the painting. My artwork is created through multiple layers of paint and collage as deliberate steps to bring both balance and complexity to the composition. I aim to convey a sense of grace and sophistication in my work to create a visually stunning piece of art that captivates the senses and invites viewers to explore all that lies within.

"I'm not trying to make statements necessarily in my art, but I hope the viewer resonates with something within it." 

- Jen Dowdell


I have been honored both locally and nationally for my artwork, and regularly exhibit when the opportunity arises. I enjoy being an exhibiting member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Western New York Artists Group.  I also enjoy being an active member of the Interior Design Association of WNY , currently serving on the Board of Directors.

When I'm not painting, I enjoy spending time with my husband, my family, and friends, gardening, traveling, and riding the Peloton.

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