Jennifer Cavan

New Mexico

I spent much of my childhood and teenage years making art, but studied history in college. After a dozen years in the corporate world in Chicago, my husband and I moved to New Mexico where I decided to follow my love of art when New Mexico’s clarity of light, rich feeling of tradition, and strong sense of place pulled me home. Shortly thereafter, I started working with oil pastels. The buttery feel and directness of applying pigment without the go-between of a brush continue to fuel my love for these crayon-like sticks.

Combining my love of history and culture with my passion for the New Mexico landscape and simple architecture, I create art that reflects the timelessness of that subject matter. Relying on photographs, sketches, and memories of places I have found along the back roads of the American West, I use vibrant colors, bold compositions and slightly altered perspectives to present, rather than represent, this special place. It’s a contemporary depiction of an ageless place.