Jennifer Harmes

Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Jennifer moved to Idaho, USA to study for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Northwest Nazarene University. Jennifer returned to New Zealand to continue her studies in graphic design at Auckland Technical University.

Jennifer had a successful career as a graphic designer, art director and stylist before deciding to focus on painting fulltime from 2000 to 2005. She has sold her work through many exhibitions and commissions and has multiple pieces held in private collections across New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the USA. Jennifer returned to graphic design in 2005 which lead her to move to London for work in 2007. She resumed painting in 2020 and has been enjoying painting from her home studio near St. Albans, Hertfordshire ever since.

Having previously painted in watercolours and traditional oils, Jennifer started experimenting with alkyd oils and developed a style of painting using layers of transparent colour. With this delicate and time-consuming process, she is able to achieve incredible depth, detail and vibrancy to her paintings. Jennifer says of her painting technique:

“In my paintings, the contrast of the sumptuous blooms against the dark backgrounds from which they emerge, further accentuates the impact and drama of the flower, drawing in the viewer. This gives an extra sensuality to the work which has been influenced by a combination of 17th century Dutch still life painting and a modern approach.”

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