Jennifer Sowders is a 1994 BFA graduate from the Columbus College of Art and Design. She lives in her rural childhood farm in Fostoria OH; where she creates her nature-inspired work. Although rural, Jennifer opens up her studio: “MONgallery” to the public on MONdays, encouraging visitors to enjoy the woodlands, fields, stream and farm animals along the way.
Primarily a watercolor artist, Jennifer also enjoys creating impressionistic landscapes in acrylic using palette knives. Genre scenes are also prevalent in a separate series of work.
Her work has been in many Nationally/Internationally Juried shows and awarded throughout Ohio. Her most recent honors are 2 special purchase awards by the Ohio Arts Council at the OSU State Fair’s 2022 Fine Arts Exhibition and an Honorable Mention in the Fall 2022 Artists Magazine’s “AcrylicWorks 9: The Best of Acrylic.”
She is a Signature member and Trustee in the Ohio Watercolor Society, an associate of the National Watercolor, American Watercolor, and National Oil and Acrylic Painters Societies; on the board of the Fostoria Area Arts Council and member of the Ohio Art League. She is represented by the Toledo Museum of Art’s Collector Corner.
“Watercolor on Yupo has been a challenge and recent focus for my everyday-life scenes involving portraiture. I had been painting landscapes as a way to escape my troubles; and throughout Covid, I began to experiment with media, mediums, and techniques that I’d never tried before; most recently watercolor on Yupo, a synthetic paper. I also spent a lot of time with close family (during Covid lockdowns) and so my love for genre themes continued to grow and become very personal.” – Jennifer Sowders