Friday, December 1, 2017

Jennifer Babcock is a native of Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Brigham Young University, where she studied painting and drawing with Hagen Haltern, James Christensen, Bruce Smith, Frank Magelby, and Robert Marshall. As a figure painter, Jennifer is drawn to the personality of her subjects, whether they be people or something as unexpected as the chairs that people live with. Jennifer and her husband have 9 children, four who have joined them in the past four years! Portraits and her specially commissioned works grace the walls of many homes and businesses throughout the greater Metropolitan DC area. Other artistic pursuits include furniture restoration, the making of hand bound books, photography, and murals.

Shows:  2016 “No Empty Chairs” solo show at SVU, 2013 "Art des Femmes" The ArtisTTable, 2013 Southern VA University's "Shenandoah Invitational" Art Show, 2013 "DC Artist Interrupted: A Woman's Art Collective," 2012 Southern VA University's "Shenandoah Invitational" Art Show, 2011 Southern VA University's "Shenandoah Invitational" Art Show, 2011 "Fulfill The Vision" at the Washington, DC Temple Visitor Center, won People's Choice Award, 2006 7th International Art Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah, "Our Heritage of Faith," 2004 "Women of Faith" at the Washington, DC Temple Visitor Center, 2002 "Women of Faith" at the Washington, DC Temple Visitor Center

More Passageways

 Passageways: Beta Krestiayan 24" x 36", oil on canvas
 Passageways: Mabirati 30" x 24" oil on canvas
 Passageways: Ye Birhan Menged 36" x 24", oil on canvas
 Passageways: Dove II 11" x 14", oil on canvas
 Passageways: Entry 11" x 14", oil on canvas
Passageways: Prayer 24" x 36"

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

24" x 36" oil on canvas, newest work for my series called "Passageways."

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Flashback about frames

When I first thought about how to frame my chair paintings, I wanted to do something unique that would work well with the whole concept. John, my brilliant support, suggested putting something on the frames, and that lead me to think of the hundreds of family pictures that I had scanned over the past few years. I had pictures of almost all of the ancestors whose chairs I was painting. The chairs are portraits to me, and I thought it was kind of funny that the frames would have the images of people, while the paintings were of their chairs. I thought it was a cool spin on the traditional portrait.

I printed out way too many photos and even some of my dad's writings to cover the frames with. After doing the first couple of frames, I realized that the black and white photographs were detracting from the paintings with their sharp contrasts. I decided to dim that contrast by painting thin glazes of paint on top of the prints before sealing them. Then I had the idea of adding glazes of color on the frames. I like how they turned out! It felt so good to me to see those familiar and lovely faces surrounding the chair portraits. It was like a welcoming crowd of ancestors wanting to have a conversation. Some day I hope to sit down with all of them.

This one shows the more intense contrast before I subdued the frames with glazing.

This one has been glazed to show a more even tone.

I printed these pictures out lighter and glazed with white.

I thought it would be fun to do a blue glaze.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Birhane and her son

24" x 20" oil on canvas, purchased by BYU for the JFSB building.