Jennifer Holyer lives in West Yellowstone, Montana (and sometimes warmer, more Southern places).
I’ve been painting since my parents signed me up for lessons in 4th grade with a blue-eyed, sweet-faced, soft-spoken artist in our hometown of Picayune, Mississippi. She turned into my high school art teacher, and opened a world of color, lines, shapes, courage and creativity to me. I still remember trying to capture just how the light hit those green bottles in my first still life. Since then I’ve had college professors and private instructors with different styles and strengths, and I continue to seek out artists, teachers, workshops, and the opinions of laymen to help my style evolve and my accidental talent develop.
I fell in love with the West and its wildlife before I moved to Montana, and have been painting in that theme for the last several years. I also love domestic animals, still lifes (lives?), and scenes from real life (lives). My work is bright, close up, and colorful. I love the way light meets fur, eyes, and those rib and muscle lines of animals, and how it highlights and changes the colors of botanical and inanimate objects. Most of my paintings reflect a sense of peace and stillness, along with a happiness and openness. The landscapes of the West and of the sea (I also sail) are so spectacular, so masculine and feminine, so filled with color and movement, and I am still learning how to capture and include that vastness in my work. I use oils, watercolors, pastels and acrylics, and find the practice more than the medium is the challenge and the joy of painting. There is discipline, surprise, affection for the subject, and a little bit of my personality in every finished work, and hope for what’s to come in every beginning.