Jennifer Nelson has lived in Loudoun County for over 28 years. After graduating from
Potomac Falls High School in Sterling, Virginia, she continued her education at Messiah
College in Grantham, Pennsylvania earning her a BA in Studio Art with concentrations in drawing and graphic design. She works as a senior graphic designer in Sterling and lives with her husband in Purcellville, Virginia.
In 2015, Jennifer made her debut at Live An Artful Life Gallery receiving First Place and the People Choice Award for her pastel painting “White Stork”. Within the last year she has had the honor of exhibiting her paintings in several regional and national juried shows in the DMV area, including Shades of Pastel with the Maryland Pastel Society and Strokes of Genius with the Maryland Federation of Art.
While working mostly in charcoal, Jennifer learned how to capture light and texture with the absence of color. Pastel was a natural progression for her, a medium that would allow her to use her fingers as a tool to blur and blend colors of pure pigment. This "hands on" connection between her and her painting is an important part of her process.
Jennifer's inspiration is rooted in her love for nature and wildlife.