Jenny Wilson was born in New York, New York in 1958. She studied art at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan and was a freelance graphic designer and commercial artist for several years. She changed course and earned her Master of Music Degree at West Virginia University and is a full- time jazz and classical performing musician. Her group the Jenny Wilson Trio can be heard in many varied venues in the Mid-Atlantic region. Encouraged by Robby Moore, currently Director of the Beckley Arts Center she was juried into Tamarack Center for the Arts and has been painting along with her flourishing music career ever since. Jenny was the art teacher at the Community School in Camden, Maine and more recently at the Morgantown Learning Academy in West Virginia. Jenny has developed creative arts programs for the city parks in Morgantown, West Virginia. Jenny Wilson has received awards in national and regional juried shows and has paintings in corporate headquarters as well as many private collections. Jenny has studios in Chevy Chase, MD and in Morgantown, WV.
My paintings are best described as contemporary landscape or contemporary abstract. Passion for color and texture are what excite me about painting. I am informed by my musical knowledge; gradations of tone color, balance, tension and release, and rhythm all play into how I compose a painting. Painting allows me to stop time, to make choices in slow motion, and to experience the art of composing in a whole new way.
I try to incorporate marks that allude to the structure of the piece and that give some architecture to the image. Layering paint is also an important to my process. I will activate the blank canvas with bold strokes that give me a structure to play upon. I often view painting as music unwinding itself and coming to a visual conclusion.