Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jennifer Williams is a painter whose current work involves expressive landscape painting and portraiture. Jennifer has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse since 1997. Her work is included in public and private collections throughout the United States. Educated at the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA, 1993) and Indiana University (BFA 1989), she has exhibited her artwork since 1989, serves as an arts advocate at the state and local level.
In my paintings and works on paper I seek to capture the essence of the natural world, connecting with specific places and human experiences. Color and light are portals to that connection, an embodiment of walks in the landscape. Whether working on site en plein air or in the studio, I explore relationships between the natural and built environment. Nature shapes us in a variety of ways: in childhood, I found curiosity and wonder in the natural world. Experiencing periods of profound loss during my adult years, I found solace in nature. This range of experience informs my work, fueled by the healing power of visual language and the creative process.