Artist StatementMy paintings of confectionary distill precious moments from the normal chaos of daily life. The indulgences I render in oil on canvas, speak simultaneously to a powerful cultural trend as well as a personal challenge. As a mother of two young children, time is the most elusive of all commodities. Its value is made commensurate through my rendering of sweets. ! The French Macaron, my primary source of inspiration, has emerged as a metaphor for all of my desires for indulgence temporarily placed on hold, due to motherly duties. Composed amongst many of the trappings of daily life (reading glasses, coffee cup, tea set), these delicious oases offer a brief hiatus from life’s daily operations. Holding on to these glorious indulgences in a permanent state of joy is the goal of so much of my work. ! My most recent paintings focus on balancing my own desires with those of my family. As a parent, responsibilities are never complete and downtime is often placed on hold without a moment’s notice. I seek to capture the full splendor of life, its brief indulgences, as well as its harder-won rewards.
Jennifer Kahn Barlow is an award winning oil painter and mother. Her works are intimate, bold, and focus on the sweeter things in life: confectionery.
Jennifer first found her love for painting at 7 years old. Through her youth, during college, and throughout her career in the
corporate world, Jennifer continued to pursue her hobby through local art studios and on her own. Since the the birth of her daughter in 2008, Jennifer has found a new passion and drive for her art.
Jennifer’s most recent body of work explores tantalizing sweets. Her paintings of confectionary distill precious moments from the normal
chaos of daily life. Jennifer is now the mother of two young children and time is the most elusive of all commodities. The indulgences rendered in oil on canvas, serve as a reminder to decelerate and savor life’s sweetness.
Jennifer has recently won numerous awards, including first place at the “Food for Thought” exhibit, at CHAW Gallery in Washington DC, an
honorable mention at “What’s On Your Mind” exhibition at Strathmore Mansion in Rockville, MD and grand prize at The Garrett Park Invitational
Art Show in Garrett Park, MD. Her paintings have been exhibited in group shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Also, Jennifer’s works of art
reside in numerous private collections. Additionally, Jennifer has had solo exhibitions at Strathmore’s Invitational Gallery in Rockville, MD; Park View Gallery in Glen Echo, MD; and The Bodzin Art Gallery in Fairfax, VA.
Currently, Jennifer works out of her home studio in Potomac, MD, while expanding her practice through workshops and community involvement.