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Spotlight On: Jennifer McChristian

by FineArtViews on 7/13/2012 7:02:38 AM

This spotlight was brought to you by FineArtViews which was founded by Clint WatsonYou should follow Clint on Twitter here.

 

Spotlight On: Jennifer McChristian
BoldBrush Painting Competition Winner

Best of Show 
Award Sponsor: FASO

 
The Cannon Room
by Jennifer McChristian 
Oil 12 x 9

Entered in: May 2012
http://jennifermcchristian.com

 

Award winning artist, Jennifer McChristian, was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be an artist. Upon completing high school, McChristian began her art education at Dawson’s College in Montreal, Canada. In 1986, she and her family took permanent residency in California, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with Honors from Otis Art Institute in 1990.

McChristian was employed as a full-time animation artist and worked on projects for various animation studios including Disney and Nickelodeon. She has continued her studies under the tutelage of renowned artists Robert Blue, Karl Dempwolf, and Steve Huston. Her inspirations consist of notable artists such as John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Nicolai Fechin and Cecilia Beaux. McChristian primarily paints in oils and occasionally watercolors. She has an affinity for painting ‘en plein air’ and also enjoys creating studio works using her outdoor sketches as inspiration. “Painting is somewhat of a spiritual experience for me. Although challenging at times, the end result evokes within me a sense of elation, nostalgia and harmony”.

Since 2000, McChristian has devoted herself to painting full-time and actively participates in art events and community building programs. She conducts an ongoing, uninstructed figure drawing workshop twice a week out of her spacious 1200 square foot studio (that she refers to as her ‘sanctuary’) located in the heart of Los Feliz Village, CA. In addition, McChristian teaches private painting lessons once a week. She also finds the time to pursue other artistic interests such as classical ballet. McChristian believes learning is a never-ending process and continues to develop and refine her artistic talent through workshops, research, travel and frequent excursions to museums and galleries.

McChristian recently received an 'Honorable Mention' award from Southwest Art's  'Artistic Excellence'competition.  She was also featured in Southwest Art's October 2009 publication and American Art Collector'sFebruary 2010 issue. She is a founding member of the Plein Air Painters of the West (PAPW) an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America (OPA) and a Signature Member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA)

Ms. McChristian is currently represented by Segil Fine Art Source in Monrovia, CA, Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA,  Abend Gallery in Denver, CO, InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX and Silvana Gallery in Glendale, CA. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband Ben Fried, and a magically inclined calico cat named Bamboo.


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:


2012 - "OPA's 21st National Juried Exhibition"  Evergreen Fine Art, Denver, CO 

2012 - "The Color of Life"  InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

2012 - "8x8 Small Gems Show"  Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2012 - "2nd Annual Scottsdale Salon"  Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2012 - "Contemporary Masters III, Artistic Eden"  Pasadena Historical Museum, Pasadena, CA

2011 - "Small Works Show" Gallery 1261, Denver, CO

2011 - "Holiday Small Works Show" Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2011 - "21st Annual Holiday Miniatures Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 - "Great American Figurative Artists Show" Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2011 - "Small Works Show" InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

2011 - "21st Annual Invitational Small Works Show" Howard /Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA

2011 - "City Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 - "International Salon of Traditional Art" Silvana Gallery, Glendale, CA

2011 - "Landscapes Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 - "OPA 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils" Devin Galleries, Coeur d'Alene, ID

2011 - "5th Annual Less is More Exhibition" Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

2011 - "Sedona Fine Art Auction" Old Sedona Public Library, Sedona, AZ

2011 - "All Gallery Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 - "1st Annual Scottsdale Salon" Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2011 - "Salon International" Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2011 - "From Around the World: The Painted Journey" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 - "2011 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational" Village Gallery, Maui, HI

2011 - "The Process of Art - Faculty Exhibition" Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ

2010 - "1st Annual Holiday Small Work Show" Silvana Gallery, Glendale, CA 
2010 - "Six Inch Squared" Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA 
2010 - "Great American Figurative" Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 
2010 - "Masterstrokes: Selections from LPAPA Signature Members" Laguna Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2010 - "20th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
2010 - "OPA Western Regional Exhibition" Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson, WY
2010 - "Great Impressions - Masters of Fine Art" Silvana Gallery, Glendale, CA
2010 - "12th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational" Laguna Beach, CA
2010 - "Four Person Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
2010 - "Just Plein Fun" Debra Huse Gallery, Balboa Island, CA
2010 - "Landscape Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
2010 - "Still Life Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
2010 - "4th Annual Less Is More Miniatures Exhibition" Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
2010 - "Silvana Gallery Group Show/Grand Opening" Silvana Gallery, Glendale, CA
2010 - "Saturday Night Alive - Signature Fundraiser" Denver Center for Performing Arts, Denver, CO
2010 - "All Gallery Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CP
2010 - "Urban Spaces: The San Fernando Valley" La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA
2009 - "Small Works Show 2009" Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2009 - "19th Annual Miniatures Holiday Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
2009 - "7th Annual Small Works Show" Segil Gallery, Monrovia, CA
2009 - "11th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational 2009" Laguna Beach, CA
2009 - "Best of Plein Air" Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Laguna, CA
2009 - "2009 OPA Western Regional Exhibition" Kirkland, WA
2009 - "New Work" Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts / Beato and Logan Galleries, Ojai, CA
2009 - "Summer Salon" Segil Gallery, CA
2009 - "Less Is More" Miniatures Show, Randy Higbee Gallery, CA
2009 - "Fresh Colours" Spring Group Show, Segil Gallery, CA
2009 - "OPA's 18th National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils" Sage Creek Gallery, NM
2009 - "Salon International 2009" Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, TX
2009 - "The Richeson 75: International Small Works Competition" Richeson Art Gallery, WI
2009 - "Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden II" Pasadena Historical Museum, CA
2008 - "18th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show" Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
2008 - "Aarnun Gallery Annual Winter Show" Aarnun Gallery, Pasadena,CA
2008 - "Annual Small Works North America 2008" Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, CT
2008 - "Plein Air Painters of the West Fall Show ~ A Common Vision" Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA
2008 - "10th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational" Laguna Museum, CA
2008 - "OPA Western Regional Show and Sale" Devin Gallery, Coeur d' Alene, ID
2008 - "Two Person Show " Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, CT
2008 - "Salon International 2008" Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
2008 - “C.M. Russell Auction and Exhibitors' Show” Great Falls, MT
2008 - “OPA’s 17th National Juried Exhibition” Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT
2008 - “Urban LA and the Allure of Southern California” Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA 
2007 - “Holiday Red Ribbon Group Show” Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA
2007 - “SmallWorks ~ North America” Greenwich Workshop Gallery, Fairfield, CT
2007 - "Sixth Annual Invitational" Fort Worth, TX 
2007 - “Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden” Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA
2007 - “A Decade of Inspiration” Bedlam Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA
2007 - “GET:ART” Annual Fundraiser, Bonhams and Butterfields, Los Angeles, CA 
2006 - “Treasures” Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA 
2006 - “Winter Group Show” Aarnun Gallery, Pasadena, CA 
2006 - “42nd Pasadena Showcase House of Design” Pasadena, CA 
2006 - “Salon International 2006” Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX 
2006 - “Live Draw!” DAC Fine Art with Human Rights Project, Los Angeles, CA 
2006 - “Music and Art in the Park” Glendale Orchestra Assoc. and Segil Fine Art Source, Glendale, CA 
2005 - “3rd Annual Small Works Show” Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA 
2005 - “Jardins En Plein Air” Whites Gallery, Montrose, CA 
2005 - “The 39th Annual Mother Lode Art Exhibition” Our House Defines Art Gallery, El Dorado Hills, CA 
2005 - “Winter Group Show” Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA 
2005 - “Annual Russian Winter Ball Fundraiser” Los Angeles-St. Petersburg Sister City Committee, Casa Del Mar Hotel, Los Angeles, CA 
2004 - “Holiday Show” Aarnun Gallery, Pasadena, CA 
2004 - “Second Annual Holiday Small Works Show” Segil Fine Art Gallery, Monrovia, CA 
2004 - “Spring Salon” The Arroyo Collection, Pasadena, CA 
2004 - “CAC Annual Ebell Club Exhibition” Los Angeles, CA 
2003 - “Fall Salon” The Arroyo Collection, Pasadena, CA 
2003 - “Ode to the Open Road” The Arroyo Collection, Pasadena, CA 
2003 - “Artist’s Choice” Women’s City Club, Pasadena, CA 
2002 - "Group Show" Melrose and Mississippi Gallery, La Canada, CA 
2002 - “Paintings of the Old Mill” California Art Club Gallery, San Marino, CA 
2002 - “Paintings Created in the Studio-Still Life and Figurative” Women’s City Club, Pasadena, CA 
2002 - “East Valley Association Open Art Show” West Covina, CA 
2000 - "Group Show" Film Roman, Inc., N. Hollywood, CA 
1994 - "Group Show" Otis Parsons Main Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

SOLO SHOWS:


2010 - "Venerable Visions" - Solo Exhibition, Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA
2007 - “Forgotten Places Remembered”- Solo Exhibition, Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA 
2006 - “Off the Beaten Path”- Solo Exhibition, Segil Fine Art Source, Monrovia, CA 
2003 - “First Steps” Patrick’s Cafe/The Local Hang Gallery, Glendale, CA 

 

HONORS AND AWARDS:


2012 - 'Best of Show' - BoldBrush competition (May 2012)

2012 - 'Second Place' - BoldBrush competition (February 2012)

2011 - 'Honorable Mention' - Oil Painters of America Online Showcase competition (Fall 2011) 

2011 - 'Honorable Mention' Southwest Art Magazine 'Artistic Excellence Competition'

2011 - 'Award of Excellence' OPA's Western Regional Exhibition, Lee Youngman Galleries 

2011 - 'Finalist' - BoldBrush competition (August 2011)

2011 - 'Finalist' - Raymar competition (August 2011)

2011 - 'Finalist' - BoldBrush competition (July 2011)

2011 - 'Finalist' - BoldBrush competition (June 2011)

2011 - 'Finalist' - Raymar competition (June 2011)

2011 - 'OPA Member's Choice Award / Associate and Signature Division' - OPA's 20th National Juried Exhibition, Devin Gallery

2011 - 'Gallery Award' 5th Annual Less is More Exhibition, Randy Higbee Gallery

2011 - 'Finalist' - BoldBrush competition (April 2011)

2011 - 'Finalist' - BoldBrush competition (March 2011)

2011 - 'Finalist' - Raymar competition (February 2011)

2011 - 'Best of Show' - Raymar competition (January 2011)

2011 - 'Finalist' - BoldBrush competition (January 2011)

2010 - 'Finalist' - BoldBrush competition (December 2010)
2010 - 'Second Place Judge's Award' by Jean Stern - 'Six Inch Squared Show' (December 2010)
2010 - 'Finalist' - BoldBrush competition (September 2010)
2010 - 'First Place' 'Just Plein Fun', Debra Huse Gallery
2010 - 'Second Place' - BoldBrush competition (July 2010)
2010 - 'Finalist' - BoldBrush competition (June 2010)

2010 - 'Finalist' - BoldBrush competition (May 2010)
2010 - 'Honorable Mention' 'Less Is More' miniatures show, Randy Higbee Gallery
2010 - 'FASO Competition Judge' - BoldBrush competition (April 2010)
2010 - 'Third Place' - BoldBrush competition (March 2010)
2010 - 'Best of Show' - BoldBrush competition (January 2010)
2009 - 'Finalist' - BoldBrush competition (June 2009)
2009 - 'Second Place Award' - 'Less Is More' miniatures show, Randy Higbee Gallery
2009 - 'Honorable Mention' - Salon International 2009, Greenhouse Gallery
2009 - Jury's 'Top Fifty' - Salon International 2009, Greenhouse Gallery
2008 - 'Top 40' - SmallWorks North America 2008, Greenwich Workshop Gallery
2008 - 'Award of Excellence' - OPA Western Regional Show and Sale, Devin Gallery
2008 - 'Award of Excellence' - OPA 17th National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Dana Gallery
2007 - 'Red Ribbon' Holiday Group Show, Segil Fine Art Source
2005 - 'Award of Merit' - The 39th Annual Mother Lode National Art Exhibition 
2004 - 'Third Place' - Second Annual Holiday Small Works Show, Mountainside Fine Art Gallery 
2002 - 'Honorable Mention' - East Valley Art Association

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Oil Painters of America (OPA) - Associate Member
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) - Signature Member
Artists Who Teach

NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

The HeArt Project/Mentorship Program - Los Angeles, CA

WORKSHOPS / DEMOS:


2012 - 5 day plein air painting workshop, Big Sur/Esalen (June 3 - 9)

2012 - 5 day plein air painting workshop, Sedona, AZ (April 2 - 6)

2011 - 5 day plein air painting workshop, Big Sur/Esalen, CA (June 5 - 10)

2011 - 5 day plein air painting workshop, Sedona, AZ (May 16 - 20)

2011 - 5 day plein air painting workshop, Scottsdale, AZ (March 21 - 25)

2011 - 3 day plein air painting workshop, Maui, HI (February 15 - 17)
2010 - 5 day plein air painting workshop, Big Sur (Esalen Retreat) (May 30 - June 4)
2010 - 5 day plein air painting workshop, Sedona, AZ (April 19 - 23)
2009 - 5 day plein air painting workshop, Ojai, CA (September 21 - 25)
2009 - 5 day plein air painting workshop, Ojai, CA (April 27 - May 1)
2008 - 5 day plein air painting workshop, Grants, NM (July 21 - 25)
2007 - 3 day plein air painting workshop, Los Angeles, CA (October - November)
2007 - San Gabriel Fine Arts Association (2 hour demo) - San Gabriel, CA


PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS:

 

2012 - American Artist - 'A Journey of Evolving Vision and Ability' July / August 2012 publication

2012 - American Art Collector - 'The Color of Life' May 2012 publication

2011 - Southwest Art Magazine - 'Award of Excellence Competition' December 2011 publication

2011 - American Art Collector - 'Multi-artist Salon' April 2011 publication

2010 - Sketchbook Confidential - North Light Books (F&W Media, Inc)
2010 - American Art Collector - 'Venerable Visions' February 2010 publication
2009 - Southwest Art Magazine - 'In Plain Sight' article written by Virginia Campbell, October 2009 publication
2009 - The Ojai and Ventura View - 'Plein Air: On the Surface' article written by Joel Anderson
Vol. 2, Issue 13, April 2009
2008 - 'EmptyEasel' online e-zine/art resource - featured artist for September 10th
2008 - The Beacon - article written by Diane Fowler: Vol. 73, No. 60, July 2008
2008 - Monrovia Weekly / 'Art of Living' - article written by Candyce Columbus: Vol.13, No. 19, March 2008
2008 - Informed Collector - featured in February 2008 online newsletter
2007 - Southwest Art Magazine - 'Artists to Watch' written by Bonnie Gangelhoff, November 2007 issue
2007 - Lines and Color - review written by Charley Parker for online newsletter blog
2007 - O-News - featured in Otis Parsons December newsletter

 



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b cunningham
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Artists seem to know what art is. So, why don't they buy art, other than it may be so expensive, they can't afford it. But, maybe they can get reprints. After all , who knows more about art than artists? At least they can buy from other living artists.
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Jane Hopkins
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I took a workshop from Jennifer, she did an awesome job, I learned a lot! She did a lot of demos, and it was wonderful to see how she puts her paintings together.










 

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