Jennifer moved to Washington in 1988 to attend college, and quickly became rooted in the Olympia area. After college, she co-owned a small Olympia restaurant for a couple of years, then shifted to social work and child advocacy, always making art in her spare time, which she exhibited and sold at local shops and independent art shows. In 2000, she discovered mosaic and it became her medium-of-choice. She has lived 30 miles Southwest of Olympia for 12 years now, enjoying the incredible beauty surrounding her, working in her studio and tending a large garden, chickens, geese, ducks, and goats. She is also the parent of a spirited 10-year-old, and is grateful to have a flexible schedule so she can be available to her as needed.
Over the past 13 years, Jennifer has developed her mosaic technique and style. Her work is split between gallery exhibits, solo art shows at various venues, occasional art festivals, commissions, public art, and community art events. Having many different projects in progress at any one time helps her to maintain interest and to keep growing with her art. She generally has at least three active projects in her studio at a time, ranging from purely decorative to abstract to intricate realism, and she is able to maintain momentum by moving from one to another each day, or after several hours of work. On Fridays, she teaches a drop-in art program for at-risk youth in Shelton.