Jennifer Carwile has been an artist since she was old enough to use scissors and glue. She always loved to do art projects and take art classes. She enrolled as a fine art major at the University of Kansas and graduated with a BFA in 1992. Over her four years of study she went through a process of finding her style, starting with realistic paintings for class projects and emerging as an abstract painter emphasizing light, texture, and atmosphere in her paintings and experimenting with media. A month before graduation her mother passed away; and as often happens, life took over, and she stopped painting. After college she spent years teaching and working with inner city youth, and it wasn't until 2004, when she got married, that Jennifer was able to concentrate on painting full time. It was almost like she had to repeat the process that she went through in college- she started painting landscapes, but did not feel like that was genuine for her. It didn't take long for the abstract paintings to emerge from her repertoire. She is still oil painting, but also experiments with mixed media including various chemicals that react with her paint as well as fire and smoke!
Jennifer lived in Charlotte, NC from 2005-2009 and was the featured artist at the Inspired Home and the Apostrophe Lounge. She has returned to Baton Rouge, where she currently paints at Bienville Street Studios and shows her work at The Foyer, and N, the Art Space. Jennifer has had work accepted at the juried exhibitions for the Alchemical Salon in Santa Fe, NM and 20 x 20 x 20: a National Compact Competition at the LSU Union Gallery. She has work in private collections around the world and corporate collections including Charles Holloman Production Studios, Charlotte, NC; Mitchell and Culp Attorneys, LLC, Charlotte, NC; and The McMains Center for Spiritual Formation in Baton Rouge.