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Growing up in the forests on the banks of the Nichakoh (Nechako) River Jennifer developed a fond understanding of, and strong enduring bond with, the natural environment. She feels very passionate about this relationship and it frequently surfaces through her artwork as she creates using a wide range of media including painting, drawing, photography, digital design, ceramics, tattoo, mosaic, beading, leather crafts, drum-making, public art installations, collaborations and West Coast Native Art forms. The message of her work often precedes and dictates the medium. Logo designs have been a regular part of her portfolio as she also strives to help various organizations and individuals build their visual identity through their visual branding. Landscape painting and murals are among her favorite art to create.
Jennifer is an artist and educator born and raised in Lheidli territory, Prince George, British Columbia. Her ancestry includes Wet’suwet’un (a Dakelh/Carrier First Nation), French Canadian, and Italian. Jennifer is a proud member of the Lheidli T’enneh Band, “the people from the confluence of the two rivers.”
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, a Bachelor of Education Specialization in Art from the University of British Columbia and a Masters in First Nations Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia.
Jennifer is currently a board member of the Omineca Arts Centre, one of the founding members of the Northern Indigenous Artists’ Collective Steering Committee and a columnist for Thimbleberry magazine. As a leader within her community and within the Khast’an Drummers she has a passion for language, culture and community connectivity. Rooted within the community her artwork is often collaborative in nature using a wide range of media including painting, drawing, digital design, mosaic, traditional arts, public installations, logo and tattoo design and much more. Her work was showcased in the Canada Pavilion at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and within many aspects of the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
Jennifer aspires to continually learn from those she comes into contact with and perseveres to share her acquired knowledge with others.