We met Jennifer Diehl for the first time at the Lawrence Gallery in downtown Portland sometime in 2009, well before the economy forced the gallery into an unfortunate closure. We loved Lawrence for it’s selection of realist art, and Jennifer works in particular were compelling.
My recollection of our conversation is that Jennifer comes from an artistic family who nurtured and supported her talent, allowing her to pursue a full-time painting career. Her works are done plein air, which means they are completed in one sitting, however long that takes. The freshness and painterly quality of her brushstrokes is obvious.
Several years later we visited the Lawrence Gallery at Salishan and found more of her work on display. The gallery owner showed us several of her works from the inner sanctum, and said he thought she was one of the finest young painters today. We didn’t disagree.
So when Dick Blick Art Supplies in Portland announced she was giving a demo, we signed up immediately. We weren’t disappointed. She’s a great demonstrator, friendly and casual, but very focused on her technique and style. She did a still-life painting from life and it was fascinating to see it develop. I snapped several photos, to which she replied the only criteria required to take her picture was that she look ‘flattering’. I complied!
You can see the development of her painting in my photos. It was an inspiring demo. I hope to see more of her beautiful work in the future. You can learn more at her website and Facebook page.