Jennifer Clark, putting the finishing touches on her 4-panel Exuberance, (2023) latex paint.

Jennifer Clark

In making my two murals for the Housy Windows Project, I’ve learned qualities that work well outdoors.

To my eye. an image reads best at a distance if it is simple, imaginative, and somewhat representational. I hope the viewer will feel delight, surprise, wonder.

An added bonus on this school window project is that the image is naturally broken up—with space for the bricks between the panels. This way, viewers automatically fill in the missing image in their brains—and, to me, that process makes it more intriguing to view than one large image.

Jennifer Clark shows her study for her Housy Windows Project mural Exhuberance.
Installation of Jennifer Clark’s mural In Flight, (2023) latex paint.

As part of my process, I rifle through concepts on paper until I find a few that work. Then, I work small-scale, scanning my sketches into the computer and creating variations. To check their effectiveness, I paste the best ideas into a real photo of the space where it will be hanging. I then project the final image onto the canvas panels, creating an outline of all forms and shapes. I fill with color using latex house paint.”

~ Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark has worked for 45 years as a graphic designer in the Berkshires and in NYC. View more of her work on Instagram @jenniferclarkstudio. She also has an Etsy shop where she sells notecards, prints—and soon, original paintings.

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