Jennifer Lowe has combined the landscapes, animals and the people of her native Montana with a unique approach to painting.
Born in Missoula, Jennifer spent parts of her childhood working in the fields of her grandparent's homesteaded property in Montana's Grasshopper Valley. Lowe's paintings are rendered in the vivid color and rich texture of cattlemarkers and capture the whimsical images from her imagination and the memories of her Montana upbringing.
Lowe constructs her own frames and decorates them with a folk art quality - each of which carries an element of the painting that it is made for giving her finished work a unique character. Jennifer began using cattlemarker (an oil-based paintstick) in 1985 while a student at Montana State University. Since graduating in 1987, Lowe has been featured in 22 shows throughout the west. Her work has been shown alongside such well known Western artists as Thom Ross, Howard Post, Larry Pirnie and Donna Howell Sickels. Lowe's appeal has landed her work in private collections of such luminaries as Peter Fonda, Michael Keaton, Jeff Bridges and Jerry Spence - as well as in the corporate collections of Patagonia and Chronicle Books.
Lowe provided the book cover art for Cast Again: Tales of a Fly Fishing Guide, published by Lyons & Burford and she is currently writing and illustrating a children's book.
I think of my work has plain communication, like cave paintings. They are simple drawings that tell a whole story.
1986 Warwick University, Coventry, England: One year art history
1987 Montana State University, Bozeman, MT: Bachelor of Fine Art
CURRENT INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
May 1999 "Outlaw Women of the West", Art and Cultural Center, Fallbrook, CA
June 1999 "Reinventing the West", Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT
June 1999 "Plein-Air", Chapparal Gallery, Bozeman, MT
July 1999 "Wild West", Kneeland Gallery, Ketchum, ID
July 2000 "Wild West", Kneeland Gallery, Ketchum, ID
July 2001 "Wild West", Kneeland Gallery, Ketchum, ID
August 2002 Three Person Exhibition, Kneeland Gallery, Sun Valley, ID.
GUEST ARTIST & SEMINARS
Elementary Schools throughout Southwest Montana
Patagonia, Ventura, CA
Girls' Conference, Bozeman, Montana
Bozeman Symphony Auction, Bozeman, MT
Big Brothers and Sisters Benefit, Bozeman, MT
Humane Society of Gallatin County Benefit, Bozeman, MT
Missoula Children's Theatre: Featured artist for lobby, Missoula, MT
Newspapers: Missoulian, Bozeman Chronicle, Jackson Hole News, Billings Gazette
Magazines: Southwest Art, Whitefish Magazine, Montana Crossroads
BOOK COVER ART
Cast Again, Tales of a Fly Fishing Guide, Publishes by Lyons and Burford
Currently writing and illustrating a children's book