Artists / 2021 Artists

Jennifer Cavan

Santa Fe, NM | jennifercavan.com

“While earning a degree in history from Brown University, I took art classes on the side. After spending the early part of my adult life in the corporate world in Chicago, 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.’ My husband and I quit our corporate jobs and moved to the mountains of northern New Mexico. I began working with oil pastels and, twenty years later, they are still my favorite medium. The buttery feel and the directness of applying the 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, saturated colors, bold compositions, and slightly altered perspectives to present, rather than represent, this special place. My ‘rose-colored glasses’ interpret the scenes with heightened color. Mine is a contemporary depiction of an ageless place.”

“Transitory Light”, oil pastel on board, 37 x 37, $4,100
“Embudo Starlight”, oil pastel on board, 37″ x 37, $4,100

“Vadito Valley”, oil pastel on board, 37″ x 37″, $4,100
SOLD. “The Harvest”, oil pastel on board, 13.5″ x 15.5″, $925
“Velarde Visions”, oil pastel on board, 13.5″ x 15.5″, $925
“Sundown”, oil pastel on board, 13.5″ x 15.5″, $925
SOLD. “Pilar Prayers”, oil pastel on board, 13.5″ x 15.5″, $925
SOLD. “Below Pilar”, oil pastel on board, 13.5″ x 15.5″, $925

“A Midnight Drive”, oil pastel on board, 13.5″ x 15.5″, $925

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