Jennifer Francis Fearon
Jennifer Francis Fearon is a contemporary artist working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her paintings reference nature and the figure. Her recent focus is on the use of art materials and pigments found in nature. Jennifer’s formal art instruction began with two years at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and continued through study with various artists, includingRandall Sexton and Chester Arnold in the Bay Area and Judith Kruger in Connecticut.
Making art is my response to the beauty I find in my environment. We are constantly bombarded with images, conflicting information and ideas. In our current cultural moment, I want to stop in the maelstrom and call attention to what I feel in singular moments of quiet observation. I hope, through sharing my perspective, to underscore our state of connection to our planet and each other.
I am inspired by both the natural landscape and inner landscape of human beings. I can see that the humanity in a person with Autism and the soft light in the coastal atmosphere both invoke the heart of our existence. Getting at the truth of things is the thread that runs through my work across different media and subject matter. I have recently began to explore the use natural art materials in order to further express the values of conservation and waste reduction in my work. These include mineral pigments, inks and metal and a return to working on paper.
Contemporary artists who inspire me are Daniel Sprick and Alex Kanevsky for their lovely figurative realism, Chester Arnold for his narrative paintings concerning the environment and Adam Hall, Louise LeBourgeois, Chelsea James and Lisa Grossman for their beautiful portrayal of land, water and sky. In my recent study of mineral pigments, I have been inspired by others using this medium. Yoshihito Kawase and Judith Kruger to name two.
2019 Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery, Marin Cancer Treatment Center, Greenbrae, CA.
2018 Belvedere-Tiburon Library, Tiburon, CA
2017 Soulstice Mind + Body, Sausalito, CA
2011 Mill Valley Public Library, Mill Valley, CA
2010 Mill Valley Arts Commission, Mill Valley Community Center
Selected Juried/Group Exhibitions since 2013
2020 "Get The Message: Words and Images", Arts Benecia, Benecia CA
“Who Are You?” Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA
“Opulent Mobility 2020,” Curated by Laura Brody and Anthony Tusler, Altadena,CA
“Beyond 2020,” Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
2017 “Landscape, Sea Scape, and Cityscape,” Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA,
Featured Artist, Ruby Living Design, Mill Valley, CA
2015-2016 The Innovation Hangar, San Francisco, CA
2014 McEvoy Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2013 Juried Exhibition, Art Contemporary Marin, Bay Model, Sausalito, CA
Falkirk Annual Juried Exhibition, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
Board of Directors , Marin Open Studios 2019-21 (Board Chair, 2020)
Curation Committee, Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery, Greenbrae, CA
Oak Hill School, serving children on the Autism Spectrum, San Anselmo, CA
Founding Board Member and Board of Directors: 2000-2010
Awards, Residencies, & Press
Chalk Hill Artists Residency February 2020
Best in Show, Marin County Fair, 2018-19
Featured Artist, Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 37/38, 2017
“The Bigger Picture,” Marin Independent Journal, December 2013
“Eleven Creative Minds to Keep your Eye On,” 7 x7 SF, November 2011
MBA University of Houston, 1985
BS in Business/BS in Psychology, Southern Methodist University, 1983
Art Education, Academy of Art University, 1987-1990
Painting Instruction with Judith Kruger, Randall Sexton, Chester Arnold, Elizabeth
Zanzinger, & Michelle Dunaway (2010-2019)