“I love exploring the landscapes of Florida. It gives me a sense of place and home. I am especially intrigued with the wild places such as the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor painting demands both acute observation and my full attention. Although the product is a still image, the process feels more like an exquisite slow movie, I strive for a sense of oneness and congruency with the landscape.”
Jennifer Clinard came to landscape painting from a thirty year career in theater and film. Having grown up in Florida, she completed a master’s degree in Constructive Design at Florida State University. After moving to San Francisco, she became a scenic artist, painting and sculpting for the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet.
Her scenic painting then expanded into film set painting and mural work. For the film industry, she worked as both a construction painter and standby painter. In these two roles, she worked on numerous film and television productions including Basic Instinct, Nightmare Before Christmas and Rent. The highlight of her mural work came working on the crew that restored a fifteen hundred square foot ceiling in the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. There’s more information about Jennifer’s film work at the IMDB.
Since her return to Florida, Jennifer has explored the world of plein air landscape painting. She initially had her own gallery at Railroad Square and subsequently exhibited at South of Soho Galley. For the last five years, she has shown her paintings at the LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts, Gadsden Art Center, Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, and FSU Museum of Fine Arts.
Her professional associations include the Tallahassee Artists League, Gadsden Artists Guild, Alla Prima Landscape Group and Tallahassee Sketchcrawl Group. Her work is in collections at Agnes Scott College and the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science.