Jennifer, a native of Indiana, moved to Kentucky in 1992 to study art at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro. While there, Jennifer’s grandfather gave her a box of gourds. Jennifer says she “dismissed them as being no real medium for art” but kept them for sentimental reasons.
In May 2001, after the birth of her second child, Jennifer remembered the box of gourds stored in a closet, and using a set of markers, and began doodling on a gourd. Several years and several hundred works later, she is still going strong.
Jennifer describes her work as contemporary folk art. Although gourds are a traditional medium used in creating folk art, Jennifer’s use of color and materials gives a fresh twist to an old craft. Inspirations for Jennifer’s designs include nature and the Old Masters. Jennifer says “I appreciate the vessel-like quality of the gourd and think of them as Mother Nature’s pottery.”
Jennifer is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, the Kentucky Gourd Society, and the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program. Her work has been published in Kentucky Living Magazine and has been feature on Home and Garden Television.
Jennifer’s work can also be found at Completely Kentucky in Frankfort, KY.