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Jennifer Sugarman

Jennifer Sugarman
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Résumé – S. Jennifer Sugarman

Education:

1971, B.A., Northwestern University, Graduated with Honors, Evanston, Illinois

1974, M.F.A., University of Mississippi, Painting with a Printmaking minor, University, Mississippi

Honorary: Thesis – Exploring the Interplay Between Painted Two-dimensional Illusion and Three-dimensional Reality

Primary Artistic Interests:

Painting: Specialize in acrylics and watercolor

Printmaking: Specialize in intaglio

Teaching Experience:

Children: Indianapolis Art

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About My Work:

As long as I can remember I have been making art of some sort. While initially I never planned on being an artist, art has always been a part of my life.

Loving color, I chose painting as my expressive medium. When I first began to make art seriously, my paintings were mostly acrylic and so large I had to climb a ladder to work on them. Out of necessity and convenience I began to paint smaller and smaller paintings using watercolor, and suddenly I realized that I truly loved painting small works, and enjoyed living with them. My large works commanded attention because of their overwhelming size, while the small works, no less significant or meaningful, quietly asked to be contemplated. Though not truly miniatures, my paintings are reminiscent of the colorful Indian miniatures I have always loved.

While the scale of my watercolors, and therefore interaction with them, is small and personal, my approach to painting both small and large works is similar. Surface tension, brushstroke, and layers of color are equally important no matter the size of the work, and there are layers of meaning to be discovered in all my paintings. While watercolor is a traditional medium, I am not a traditional watercolorist. The manner in which I apply the paint is a process I have arrived at over the years; it creates an aesthetic that is unexpected and often not recognized by the viewer as watercolor.

Each painting has a story to tell that the viewer must interpret in his or her own way. I want you to participate when you look at my art – enter my work and place yourself in the space. While my large works were primarily figurative, for the most part figures have disappeared from my watercolors. However, a sense of the figure’s presence remains – you are that presence.

I start with a pencil drawing of an idea – a chair, a view of the landscape – but seek to keep it loose so the painting can evolve as I work on it. The end result is often far from what I thought it might be, as I try to let the process take over so the final painting can reveal itself. I use Arches 300lb. watercolor paper and archival watercolor pigments. Many transparent washes are applied to each painting in order to intensify and vary the color palette. One painting takes anywhere from weeks to months to create, as I like to leave a work be, and return to it multiple times with a fresh eye, working until the painting feels finished. While all materials are archival to ensure the long life and beauty of each painting, it is best not to display them in direct sunlight in order to keep the colors pristine and bright.

Education:

1971, B.A., Northwestern University, Graduated with Honors, Evanston, Illinois

1974, M.F.A., University of Mississippi, Painting with a Printmaking minor, University, Mississippi

Honorary: Thesis – Exploring the Interplay Between Painted Two-dimensional Illusion and Three-dimensional Reality

PHOTOS

  • Exterior 103: Waiting for Lilacs to Bloom, watercolor, 8x10" framed

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