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 caregiver to my parents. After they both sadly passed, I turned my attention to creating works of art. 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 like I do, perhaps my art may resonate with you. I have been a collector of vintage ephemera (papers) for many years. I love the feel of old books, the graceful handwriting of days gone-by, the beauty in typography and interesting vintage illustrations. These are things I incorporate into my work.
I primarily create my artwork utilizing acrylic paints and these bits of paper long lost to history. I love the idea of bringing these images and handwritten notes back to life. I enjoy exploring rich textural surfaces and combining media that invites the viewer to enjoy my work from afar as well as up-close through my many layers.
"I enjoy the softer muted tones I find in vintage materials of the past and try to incorporate that feeling into my artwork. I also enjoy playing with textures and colors. 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. I am also an active member of the Western New York Artists Group serving on its Board of Directors. I also enjoy being a part-time decorator and currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Interior Design Association of WNY.
When I'm not painting, I'm enjoying gardening, spending time with my husband, my family, and friends....and riding my Peloton.