Contemporary Artist Jennifer Beaudet
San Clemente California artist Jennifer Beaudet is a contemporary artist I met some years back on a Facebook group. The Marketing for Artists Group is a social media group put together by artist Mari-Lyn Harris, and something you may want to join if you’re an artist and interested in collaborating with others to get some insights on marketing.
In fact, I just recently had a great discussion with fine artist Walter Bebirian in my last post who is also a member.
Contemporary Artist Jennifer Beaudet is one of great form and technique that I admired for a long time. So I invited her to The Creatives Daily Presents to introduce you to some of her work.
Jennifer Beaudet was born in Southern California in 1970. She currently paints in her small studio, in San Clemente, CA. She has always been an artist and studied Studio Art at El Camino College, earning her AA Transfer Degree in 2000. She apprenticed with landscape artist, Carson Gladson, where she learned much about the dynamic use of color and the importance of a strong composition. She worked in several mediums before discovering her love for oil paints.
Jennifer uses both a brush and palette knife and sometimes even her fingers, to achieve the right texture. Her work is an expression of her deepest self. She’s an introvert and can be very soft-spoken but expresses herself in her paintings.
The bold colors and rich textures say the words she can’t find. She finds painting a form of both meditation and expression. A bit of a paradox, to be both quiet and loud at the same time, this is what makes her work captivating. Her work captures her audience, leaving the final interpretation up to them.
Her figures tell a story, some without faces, the application of the paint and depth of color speaks for them.
Beaudet’s work is impressionistic with a modern feel. She uses bold strokes of saturated colors, with strong compositions. She has done a series of “Woman in Red” and other figurative paintings, with women in gowns.
She’s inspired by fashion, which began at an early age when she dreamed of being a fashion designer. She would sit for hours drawing and making paper dolls, with her sister, using the computer paper
their dad brought home from work.
She finds the same inspiration in her love for flowers. Their petals resemble the ruffles of a gown. That love lead her to become a floral designer, which she did part-time when her daughter was young. Jennifer’s work is always evolving, as she explores new materials and learns from some of her favorite artists’ online workshops. Currently, she is studying abstracts and intuitive painting.
Intuitive painting comes naturally to her, as her style is an expression of her emotions. Working on new florals and figures, using contour lines and mixed media. She continues to paint local scenes and other scenes from her own travels and commissions she receives.
“I’m inspired by the endless beauty that surrounds me. The way the light hits a subject also, inspires me. I remember driving along I5 in Northern California, seeing potential paintings everywhere I look. The sun hitting the hills, shadowed by the billowing clouds. I couldn’t help but to start drawing the scenes as they flashed by me.”–Jennifer Beaudet
When I moved to the mountains in Northern California, I was overwhelmed by the majestic mountains, and meandering creek that ran through the small country town.
When I’m in nature, I get a feeling of great inspiration that I can only express with my art. When I paint, I am transported to different place, a safe place. My emotions and past experiences pour into my paint, extending through my palette knife, onto the canvas.
I love to push the color for a dramatic feeling. Deep scarlet red gives a feeling of sensual romance, and pops of chartreuse adds an energetic mood to a landscape.
Using colors and textures to express my mood, my goal is to keep it fresh, with beautiful brushstrokes and peaks of palette knife marks. I want the viewer to be transported into the moment created on the canvas;
to imagine what the woman is thinking, or to feel the breeze on your face, while standing in the field of flowers. A line, a gesture, a palette knife mark creating a mood and feeling, that is my goal.”
Jennifer started her art business, J Beaudet Studios, in 2009. It started with her blog, “My Life As a Starving Artist”, which she was soon encouraged to change the name.
She recently remarried, and is now Jennifer Beaudet Zondervan, but still uses her art name, Jennifer Beaudet. Her work has been collected around the world. Her work can be seen on public display at Kincaid’s Steakhouse, in her hometown of Redondo Beach, California.
The restaurant on the pier contacted her to paint 3 large local scenes of the Southbay. They connected her to a local photographer, Randy Ruby, and she used his beautiful photographs as a reference for the paintings.
In 2013, Jennifer was contacted by a woman from Washington DC, to paint wedding gifts for all of her friends who were all getting married. The woman worked for the Obama Administration and currently the Biden Administration. Because of her job in Washington, she was connected around the world. Jennifer’s paintings of their wedding venues, hang in the homes of over 10 couples from all over.
Jennifer also donates a painting, yearly,
to the Twitter Art Exhibit and several other charities such as Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Her painting of Pink Ballerina Slippers “Slippers For The Cure” was chosen by them for their calendar in 2016.
Jennifer’s art has been on the cover of Charleston-based, Sasee magazine, Bic calendar “Painters of America”, and other online magazines.
Her work is recognized around the world, thanks to Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. She sells her work on a few platforms.
- Her website, JBeaudetStudios.com,
- Etsy as J Beaudet Studios,
- Daily Paintworks, and Saatchi.
- She also sells her Fine Art Giclee prints on Fine Art America aka Pixels.