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Jennifer Berk and the 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the gallery

My favorite paintings are the ones I don’t know I’m painting until they’re finished. I focus on the process, and am unconcerned with the final destination. Each painting literally begins with a blank canvas or page with no preconceived plan. I remain open to possibility, painting what comes from within, letting instinct and the canvas guide me. The result is usually abstract and expressionistic; sometimes a rustic landscape, most likely a pasture or open field, frequently remembered from my childhood or from my travels.

Abstract painting is a welcomed departure from life’s routines, schedules, and expectations.  From the smallest task each morning, we have a schedule, a plan, a goal for what needs to be accomplished. Abstract painting offers an almost overwhelming amount freedom. A blank canvas. No directions, no expectations, no preconceived destination or image, keeping everything in a state of flux, fragile and bold. Painting is unknown territory, an act of discovery.  My paintings stem from a dream, a journey of self, an exercise of faith -- to a finished product that will hopefully affect the viewer in a lyrical and personal way. My work is gestural. Colors are rarely realistic or as they “should” be. Painting for me is a journey, preserving the color and richness of nature, figure or idea in a lasting image for years to come. I try to capture the excitement, the energy, the light, and the peace in the vistas or figures I am viewing – take everyday objects and transform them into something colorful and interesting.  

Jennifer paints in acrylic and mixed medium on canvas and paper. After a 25 year career in marketing, Jennifer began studying abstract, landscape and figurative painting under a variety of accomplished, nationally known painters. Never having attended a school of art, Jennifer is otherwise self-taught.

Jennifer’s paintings are in corporate offices in Pittsburgh, PA, Rockville, MD and Atlanta, GA, as well as in private collections from Florence, Italy to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of juried and non-juried shows, including: The Waldorf School, the Hoffberger Gallery, the Myerberg Center, The Gordon Center, The Towson Art Collective, The Women’s Artist Forum, The Unicorn Gallery, The Charles, Sascha’s and the LOF/Gallery .

Earlier Event: September 6
Morgan Phillips, Carter Roach & Eric White
Later Event: November 1
Jim Fitzsimmons