Jennifer Fisher Jones is a native Iowan whose passion is composing and creating contemporary scenes with oils on canvas. Jennifer graduated with honors in Studio Art from Macalester College and also holds a K-12 Teaching Certification in Art from the University of Iowa. Jennifer has years of experience helping children discover their own creative capacities through after school art programs and summer art camps which she designed and taught. Jennifer’s love of contemporary art led her into galleries where she had the opportunity to serve as an art consultant in San Francisco and later Washington D.C.

Jennifer is currently resides with her people and animals in Decorah, Iowa where she happily spends most of her time in the water, around the prairie or at the easel.

For complete Curriculum Vitae and larger body of work please visit http://jenfishjones.com/cv/.

Big Dogs : Large Stories was born from a tenacious love for my own dog and and recognizing this deep connection in others through the the creation of “Atypical Pet Portrait” commissions. I found the collaboration between myself, the animals and their humans to be quite profound. I have observed with great regularity that when people talk about their dogs, the origin of communication shifts from the head to the heart, which is glorious indeed. The anecdotes , idiosyncrasies, heroism, and heartbreaks shared were vast and varied and inform the portraits from start to finish.

All this outpouring of affection and connectivity gave me the irrepressible urge to collect a selection of dogs’ stories and paint their portraits super sized to represent the deep and thorough love that they elicited in their owners. The owners were asked to put their dog’s story into one page of writing with the understanding that it would be part of a traveling exhibition, making this collection of “Big Dogs : Large Stories” truly a collaboration between dog, human and artist.

Since the collection is ever evolving a blog format seemed to be a perfect vehicle to share these incredible dogs and their humans.