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Artist Bio

 

Jennifer Laurel Keller is an artist and freelance instructor living in Sacramento, CA.  She was born into a creative family of educators and nature enthusiasts. Art appealed to her at a very young age.  She attended Humboldt State University on the Northern California coast where she earned her art degree. Early in her career, she worked for small art businesses such as galleries, frame shops, and an art supply store where she met a great deal of artists. This in-depth experience with products, creation, care and sales of fine art was invaluable. 

 

After two recessions she found that being a freelance artist and teacher gave her more stability and fulfillment. She has a reputation for her relaxed and motivational teaching style and believes in helping people gain creative confidence. After publishing over twenty-five online classes and hosting countless live classes, she is now returning to more personal projects and opportunities to exhibit. Her ultimate goal is to incorporate her passion for travel, nature, and art into her lifestyle as much as possible.

 

Artist Statement

 

I’m drawn to organic, natural scenes that honor our environment.  I prefer to add lots of color with acrylic paint into my landscapes in order to communicate the vibrant feeling that nature gives me.  By sharing this beauty I hope to be a part of the movement to preserve and cherish the land.  

 

In some of my series I enjoy using salvaged, vintage, collaged papers and found objects.  This juxtaposition encourages people to make connections within the work, similar to uncovering an archeology site.  I love to see viewers investigate the pieces and find the imagery and history peeking through the layers. I believe that there are so many materials that already exist in the world and I enjoy creating interest from cast-off items and giving them a new life.

 

I also enjoy plein air painting, which allows me to slow down and spend time in nature.  Plein air pushes me to sharpen my skills as a painter and truly connect with a place.  I love bringing my practice outdoors.  People will visit with me as I work, which gives me the opportunity to demonstrate my process and meet interesting folks in beautiful places.

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Artist Resume

 

Contact

Website: JenniferLaurelKeller.com

Email: JenniferLKeller@yahoo.com 

Education:

  • 2002, B.A. in Studio Art, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.  Emphasis in painting, drawing, photography, and art museum and gallery practices

  • Ongoing self-driven studies in art techniques, business, and marketing.

 

Solo Shows: 

  • 2016, Windows to the Soul, Union Gallery, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA

  • 2012, New Works by Jennifer Keller, K Street Collective, Sacramento, CA

  • 2012, Works by Jennifer Keller, UArt, Sacramento, CA

  • 2010, New Works by Jennifer Keller, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2006, Things With Wings, Deep Art Lounge, Sacramento, CA

  • 2001, Drawings by Jennifer Keller, SA Gallery, Arcata, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions (abridged): 

  • 2021, Open Paint Out Plein Air Exhibit, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA

  • 2021, Ongoing Representation at The Atrium, Sacramento, CA

  • 2015, Harmony Rogue Interiors, Sacramento, CA

  • 2013, Small Treasures, Archival Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2013, Moving Forward, Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2013, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2013, Employee Art Show, University Art, Palo Alto, CA

  • 2012, Gals with Glasses, Level Up Lounge, Sacramento, CA

  • 2012, Sacramento Art Complex, Studio Residency.

  • 2012, Capital Artist Studio Tour

  • 2012, Human Trafficking Awareness Show, Mondo Bizzaro, Sacramento, CA

  • 2011, U Employee Art Show, University Art, Palo Alto, CA

  • 2011, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

  • 2011, VOX5, Vox, Sacramento, CA

  • 2011, The 4th Annual Outside the Box Exhibition, The Arts Building, Auburn, CA

  • 2010, Look Beneath the Surface, VOX, Sacramento, CA

  • 2008, Chirp!, CoolCat Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2007, Holiday Bonanza, CoolCat Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2007, Alter Egos, CoolCat Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2007, Yours Truly, CoolCat Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2007, A Taste of What’s to Come, CoolCat Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2005, Fractured Fairy Tales, Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2005, Mirror, Mirror, Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2004, Small Treasures, Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2004, Table for One, Tower Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2003, Under 30 & Over 20, Barton Gallery, Sacramento, CA

  • 2002, Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Reese Bullen Gallery, Arcata, CA

 

Honors and Awards:

  • 2021, Honorable Mention in Acrylics, Mendocino Open Paint Out Plein Air Festival

  • 2010, 3rd Place in Artists under 35 in the KVIE Art Auction

  • 2012, Best Frame Design in the KVIE Art Auction 

 

In the Media:

  • June 2017 Front Cover Image, Reflections, Inside Publications

  • May 2017 Letting Go: This Artist Paints Like She Lives, Inside Publications

  • December 2016, The Fear Not Podcast with Billy Atwell

  • August 26, 2015, Creative Crush: Harmony Rogue Interiors, Creative California

  • July 13, 2015, GOTG: Jennifer Keller, Harmony Rogue Interiors, Girls on the Grid

  • June 2015, Good Day Sacramento: Harmony Rogue Interiors

  • December 2013, Cover Story, Natomas Magazine

  • July 23, 2012, CBS Sacramento, Best Up-and-Coming Artists in Sacramento

  • May 8, 2008, Sacramento News and Review, Jennifer Keller, Sacramento Artist Coach

  • February 2008, The Sacramento Bee, Midtown Sacramento’s CoolCat Gallery is more than a Gallery

  • February 2007, Sacramento News and Review. Me-yow

 

Public and Corporate Collections:

  • Runyon, Saltzman & Einhorn, Inc.

  • Michael Solomon, Attorney at Law

 

Art-Related Employment:

  • Freelance Art Instructor, Live and Online Classes in Acrylic and Mixed Media

  • Frame Designer

  • Art Supplies Sales Associate

  • Vintage Furniture and Decor Sales

  • Art Auction Operations Specialist

  • Gallery Art Consultant

  • Live On-Air TV Art Specialist (Volunteer)

  • Non-Profit Art Auction Committee Member (Volunteer)

  • Archival Registrar Assistant (Intern)

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Partner Opportunities

I'd love to hear about your business and how you think we might work together!  Email me a quick proposal and let me know what you have in mind.

 

  • Skillshare Affiliate Program for my online classes

  • Gallery representation (No vanity galleries)

  • Podcast Interviews

  • Guest blog posts

  • Artwork licensing for products, greeting cards, prints, etc.

  • Special Events

  • Boutique gifts such as small artworks, greeting cards, or repurposed jewelry.

 

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