Jennifer Cook-Chrysos

My work usually centers around appreciation of wildlife and the natural world. I paint in oils, and sometimes use patterned paper to add texture and surprise to my paintings. I used to paint mostly on canvas, but when I started using collage elements, I switched to painting on wood panels in order to adhere the paper better. I discovered that I really love the texture that oil paint has on panel which is more chunky and slick than on canvas. I like to finish with a glossy overcoat to make the paint look really fresh and almost enamel-like.

I have degrees in both art and biology, from Massachusetts College of Art, where I earned a degree in communication design, and University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in biology.  I use both of my degrees in my day job, illustrating for scientists. I love the work I do helping people better visualize what is going on in our bodies at a molecular level, but I also love thinking about ecology, the natural world, and the more messy fine art of painting. When I paint, rather than narrate or explain, I lean more on the intuition of color and texture. I want to tell the story of the small moments in ecology going on around us all the time, that in our busy lives, we often don’t stop to notice.

10% of my profits each year go to the Columbia Land Trust, because their work in purchasing and reclaiming land is so important to me.

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