Jennifer Carlisle

About the artist

Studio Jennifer Carlisle
Studio Jennifer Carlisle

Paint, Craft/Design

Seattle-USA/San Sepolcro/Italia
United States


    The intuitive journey is at the center of my work. It is through a steady laying down and peeling back of color and form I begin to find my way in. I try to be awake to those things in life which stir my imagination and move me most.  Vignettes, directly observed, are often my starting place, but as a piece unfolds it may naturally move well into the abstract.  Or, I may jump in with a memory or mood, but as the work progresses suddenly feel the necessity to work figurative content into a piece to better express or inhabit the provinces of what I am trying to say.  I am humbled and informed as I open myself to the search, and rather than force my will on subject, endeavor to engage fully with my materials and follow them as channels to the surprising discoveries which can unfold when working in this way.

    I do find it of great importance to work at times directly 'from life' as life and nature are the greatest teachers.  And when I work from this direct observation, I prefer to make drawing the first step of visual selecting in the creative process. It is via this brief 'study' that I try to internalize the spirit of my subject--for it is not visual reproduction that I seek, but rather capturing the essence of it. For me, this is where the poetry is to be found.

    I daydream and watch landscapes real or imagined--the growth and endless forms in the garden, racing skies and shadows over hills--and try to listen for what they say. The objects on the table, the rythmed silent light--I pursue the metaphors to put sensation to form, in the patterns of what they mean to me.





    Jennifer Carlisle was born and raised in Northern California, and spent her youth exploring wooded hillsides and watching the sky for cloud forms, night stars, and the ever changing moon.

    She received her formal training in Studio Art at the UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA at Santa Cruz, where she focused on painting. Graduating with honors in 1986, she adventured cross-country and settled in Princeton New Jersey. There through dumb-luck and good-connections, she landed a job working for 'star-chitect' (architect) Michael Graves, and began a design career alongside her journey as a painter.  In 1990 she returned to California and UC Santa Cruz to complete a Graduate Certificate in Art teaching program.

    Jennifer has taught art in California and Seattle Washington, where she has lived for many years.  She has lived in the English countryside and in Italy, where she now has a home in rural Tuscany.

    Life in the USA still provides essential perspective to her time living and painting in the Italian landscape, in a stone house older than time, and in a day dream where her most important painting research is spent exploring wooded hillsides and watching the sky for cloud forms, night stars, and the ever changing moon.

    Exhibition History

    2010  White Sage Gallery, Seattle 'Citrine' New Paintings By Jennifer Carlisle
    2009  'Essere Umani' (to be human) Group Show: Associazione Culturale CONFRATERNITARTIS: San Sepolcro, Italy
    2008  Palm Room Gallery--Solo Exhibit: 'Seed Pod Pursuit' Seattle
    2007  Palazzo Comunale, Citta di Castello, Umbria, Italy
    2006  Palazzo Alberti Exhibit: 'Masqueria' San Sepolcro, Tuscany, Italy
    2005  Picture Source Group Show--Design Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada
    2004  Picture Source Gallery--Seattle
    2003  MIX Gallery--Solo Exhibit: 'ThistleWish'--Historic Ballard Ave, Seattle
    2002  Horizon Gallery Exhibit--Santa Fe, New Mexico
    2001  Horizon Gallery--Santa Fe, New Mexico
    2000  Ballard Commons Civic Space--Solo exhibit--Seattle
    1998  Bloomingdales, NY NY, (aquired artists work for permanent collection)
    1997  Center Public Spaces--Permanent Installation--(three 10' x 25' Murals of artist's work)
    1996  Siebu Dept. Store, Tokyo Japan, (aquired artists work for collection)
    1995   Callison Architecture Headquarters, Solo Show Downtown Seattle
    1993  Wallingford Center Solo Show--Seattle, Washington
    1991  Graduate Student Show--University of California at Santa Cruz, Porter College Gallery
    1989  Witherspoon St. Artists Cooperative--Princeton, N.J.
    Mixed Exhibition 
    1987  University of California at Santa Cruz, invitational Solo (post bachelaurat) Solo Exhibit--Baskin Art Center Gallery
    1986  University of California at Santa Cruz--Senior Exhibition--Baskin Arts Center Gallery
    1985  Solo Exhibition--Pearl Alley Gallery--Santa Cruz, California
    1983  Invitational Honors Student Exhibition--Sierra College--Rocklin California
    1984  American Association of University Women Juried Show.
    Placer County Library.Honorable Mention