NOTE: Any of the prints are available matted and framed (black mat, black frame, under glass/plexi). Finished size varies according to print ordered. Each framed print is $35. Please call or email the gallery with your order.
I started out long ago as a doodler. I doodled incessantly and still do. I have experimented with watercolor, oils and pastels. But when I tried pen and ink, I knew it was the perfect medium for me. I am not very comfortable with colors. There are so many. I like them all and I get distracted and overwhelmed by them. Black and white focuses me. I can spend hours on a tiny little image, building up layer after layer of detail.
As for my subject matter, it tends to be a blend of plant, animal and mineral. It seems that there is often a transformation taking place in my pictures from flora to fauna or inanimate to animate.
I rarely have a clear idea of what I am going to draw. I like swirls and squiggles, cats, trees, leaves and creatures. My senses have a tendency to overlap. Sound often has color, texture or shape. Or an image may come with its own little song. This overlap happens when I draw too. I might start a picture with a shape I like and after a while, the picture takes on its own momentum. I am usually surprised by the outcome.
Jennifer Smith has been working with pen and ink since 1990. She uses a fine-nibbed rapidograph pen to achieve intricate detail and her pictures can take anywhere from 5 to 50 hours to complete. Inspired by Edward Gorey, her art can be a bit macabre, but not lacking in a sense of humor.
Jennifer has exhibited throughout New England. Through her small business, "Jen & Ink", she sells cards and prints of her work. She also designs images for personal requests and in the past has designed invitations, T-shirt logos, newsletters, a compact disc cover and even a drumhead.
"Just a note to again say 'thanks so very much' for your assisting me in being able to purchase a Deb Pendell piece...when visiting the area again, I will make sure to stop by and hopefully support the Co-op once more."