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Growing up on a ‘dead end’ road in the county; Ohio-native artist, Jennifer Sowders, grew up spending a lot of time studying nature and it’s indelible thread is noted within her body of work.
Jennifer is a 1994 BFA graduate from the Columbus College of Art and Design. She is an Associate member of the Ohio Watercolor and National Watercolor Societies; on the board of the Fostoria Area Arts Council and member of the Ohio Art League.
She has recently gained entrance into The 2020 National Watercolor Society’s (NWS) Annual Member Show, as well as NWS 2020 “50 Stars” Exhibition. The latter being quite an honor as two artworks were chosen from each state-level watercolor society to represent their state. Her work has been in the Ohio State Fair, Ohio Watercolor Society shows including the traveling exhibition, as well as many Juried shows throughout Ohio.
Although rural, Jennifer opens up her studio: "MONgallery" to the public on Mondays, encouraging visitors to enjoy the woodlands, fields, stream and farm animals along the way. Her work has paired down to two main series/styles: The ‘Hands’ series encompasses a spiritual theme with charcoal, oils and assemblage. And, ’Classic Series' which includes traditional still-lives, from reference, or plein air painting using watercolors or oils. Yupo paper is becoming a fast favorite with inviting scenes that glow with invitation, while fueling Jennifer's natural tendency to experiment.
She lives in Fostoria, Ohio with husband, Gary and has 3 sons.