Jennifer Anne Burke, Born August 25th, 1979.
I have had a passion for art since I was a child. Upon graduating high school in 1997 I applied for OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design), had an amazing interview, and was accepted: but I started to struggle with my identity as an artist.
In 2004 after completing a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, I found my passion for art returning; I reapplied for OCAD, was accepted again, and this time put in one semester. My biggest lesson from OCAD was that as an artist you constantly need to play and explore. In both life and in your work. Trees and night skies have been re-occuring themes in my sketch book, and I decided to finally take these to larger canvases and work in acrylics. More recently, in 2019, I started exploring oil painting; and continue to use it as my main medium now.
I did my first show “FLOW” in 2005, at a small pub in my home town of Port Hope, Ontario. In 2010 I hosted another show “FINE LINES” in my yoga studio, determined to sell off pieces before my big move to British Columbia. In 2015, back in Ontario, I hosted a tiny show in my home “TWO DAYS IN JASPER” inspired by a 2 day trip/drive through the Rocky Mountains, Canada.
Since then I have hosted annual shows, as well as participated in a variety of other events: The Cobourg Waterfront Festival, Art and Pub Crawl, The Colborne Art Gallery Juried Show, The Parrott Gallery Juried Show in Belleville, The Trent Hills Public Library Gallery in Campbellford, The Port Hope Arts Gallery and Shop, as well as Saint Mark’s Christmas Market in Port Hope. I am also a member of Spirit of The Hills art association of Northumberland County.
At this point, I feel my journey as an artist has been revived. After struggling my whole life with the value of art, I now understand art does have a purpose. Art can uplift and inspire. When I paint, I am happy. That is what I want those who purchase my work to feel: Happy.
Thank you for your time, and enjoy exploring Canada through my original landscape paintings.
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