Featured Artist Jennifer Beaudet

Washington D.C. based oil painter Jennifer Lynn Beaudet uses interpretive color and dynamic brushwork to convey a sense of emotion and possibility. Enjoy more of her work by visiting her website.

 

Oil portrait of a young girl by Jennifer Beaudet

“Quiet Moment” Oil on Canvas, 9” x 12”

 

Color is exciting to me in a painting. It’s not until I find the right color interactions that the painting takes off.

 

Oil painting of the crowd at the Montgomery County Fair by Jennifer Beaudet

“Montgomery County Fair” Oil on Canvas, 20” x 16”

 

The exploration of color in a painting is quite moving and empowering. There is no right or wrong answer. It’s really about what I see. Sometimes I go for a run or walk in nature to open up my senses before I paint.

 

Oil painting of a street scene in downtown Washington, DC, by Jennifer Beaudet

“Midtown Possibilities” Oil on Board, 9” x 12”

 

I love vibrant color but I think the realism comes when I find the right balance—a push and pull until the hues harmonize convincingly. I really look. Sometimes so deeply that I see something totally unexpected. I think that’s where the magic happens for me.

 

Oil painting of a young boy standing in the surf on a beach by Jennifer Beaudet

“Surf” Oil on Canvas, 12” x 12”

 

Right now, I’m slightly obsessed with magenta. And I search for it. I love that it can dance between cool and warm, depending on how it interacts with its surroundings.

 

Detail of the oil painting "Surf" by Jennifer Beaudet

“Surf” (Detail) Oil on Canvas

 

You wouldn’t expect it on my son’s face and hair. I think it brings out his features while contrasting against a calm ocean in a mellow and interesting way.

 

Oil landscape of a farm off of a mountain road by Jennifer Beaudet

“Mountain Drive” Oil on Canvas, 36” x 24”

 

My brushwork and color choices go hand in hand—they are not independent of one another. Sometimes my brush will take a color in a direction that surprises me. It’s all part of the exploration and creative process. I get to share a bit of my process when I leave those marks.

 

Oil portrait of a baby named Jacob by Jennifer Beaudet

“Jacob” Oil on Canvas, 9” x 12”

 

Figures and portraits feel very natural and organic for me to paint. I apply broad and loose brushstrokes of color and then refine where I need, constantly correcting and adjusting as I go. I think this process keeps my style loose.

 

Self portrait in oil by Jennifer Beaudet

“Self Reflection” Oil on Canvas, 12” x 12”

 

Oil paint is satisfyingly tactile and I can be expressive with it depending on my mood and how I feel about my subject.

 

Oil painting of the beginning of a marathon at Noyes by Jennifer Beaudet

“Start at Noyes” Oil on Canvas, 24” x 18”

 

When I painted “Start at Noyes” I was in the midst of caring for my child who was undergoing chemo. We were pushed to our limits as a family and coming out strong. Looking back, I think that’s why there is so much energy, furor and strength conveyed. The brushwork was purposeful. It’s what I needed at the time and how I wanted to portray the children in the scene –with hope, courage, and strength.

 

Oil city scape of Kensington Station by Jennifer Beaudet

“Kensington Station” Oil on Canvas, 20” x 16”

 

While I do work from life at times, most of my work comes from photographic reference that I capture myself.

 

Oil portrait of a young boy by Jennifer Beaudet

“Those Eyes” Oil on Board, 18” x 24”

 

I am particular about the images I choose so it’s part of the process that frustrates me at times. While I do gravitate toward relatable subjects, I’m not interested in pictures that are too posed or classic. I look for imagery that evokes emotion and means something.

 

Artist Jennifer Beaudet with her painting "Those Eyes"

Artist Jennifer Beaudet with her painting “Those Eyes”

 

The right lighting and atmosphere will give extra emphasis to that mood and draw you in to find out more. I think that’s what we all want—to know more about ourselves and what’s important to us.

 

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