September 9 – October 5
The series Vacation Pleasures creates anonymous, yet recognizable paintings of activities one partakes in while on vacation. Using photographs I have taken both on land and submerged, I have zoomed in to allow the viewer to be in the moment. Exaggerating the size of my work so that viewers become interested, and indeed fascinated by it, is also an artistic goal of mine.
My oil paintings are based on my photographs which I take to emphasize the “up close and personal” aspect of people and objects. They explore the ability of light to reflect and refract, creating both enhanced and representational images. I intensify some details and sublimate others to create a “story” within the painting.
About The Artist
Jennifer Lawton received her B.A. from the Art and Art History program at both the University of Toronto (Mississauga) and Sheridan College in Oakville. She then received her B. Ed. from the University of Western Ontario. After 25 years of teaching Fine Art and Photography, Jennifer retired early to paint full-time. The surface quality of her paintings is smooth and soft, taking advantage of the buttery blending that oil paints afford. Using mediums to thin the paint down to a watery transparency also allows for alternative methods of combining colours. Jennifer’s art is held in private and corporate collections including two large medical clinics (one in the U.S.).