Jerry Fenter received a BA and a MST from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon and did post graduate studies in fine arts and ceramics at Portland Community College, Portland State University, Oregon Art Institute and Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has been a painter and an instructor of painting, drawing and design since 1978. She has exhibited her work extensively in Oregon including the Gango Gallery,Portland, Oregon; Gallery at Salishan, Gleneden Beach ,Oregon; Ryan Gallery, Lincoln City, Oregon; Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Attic Gallery and many more.
Jerry's many honors include Official Rose Festival Poster, Portland, Oregon 1996 and 1997; Best Commemorative Poster, Pinnacle Awards, International Festival and Event Association, Orlando Florida, 1996; Selected Artist, Oregon Public Broadcasting Arts Calendar, Portland, Oregon, 2005; Best Artist of Show, Sonoran Arts Festival, Carefree, Arizona, 2005 and many more.
"My Life As A Painter" by Jerry Fenter: "I think I've always been an artist. I don't ever remember a time when I wasn't doodling or drawing or coloring out of the lines. I grew up in Portland, was a teacher for awhile, and then became a full time painter. I though I was a total Portland girl but about 14 years ago my husband Ron and I moved up to a log cabin at the base of Mount Adams near the Columbia River Gorge. Ron is a wonderful sculptor. We love it living on our 4 acres with all of our trees. We are way out in the woods and every day is a day full of nature. We've seen almost every animal that you could imagine (even a herd of emus!) right in our front yard. My dog Cody (a 90 pound Siberian husky) and I love being outside and get lots of inspiration from the woods. So do my four silly kitties. Of course I'll never tire of coming in for a day or two to Portland and enjoying the people and crazy excitement in the best town around. My inspiration comes from my daily life, my dreams and my journals."
"I also love to tell stories. I write a lot. This new series of paintings, "Bedtime Stories", came to me one morning after talkin to my grandson on the phone. As you look at the paintings, make sure to take time and read the stories. The more you look the more you'll see. You will be surprised and delighted. I work in watercolor, acrylic and love exploring lots of other processes. I also have a passion for old things and antiques. Look closely at each painting and you'll see some of my many collected items in the pieces. I love painting and am always up for a commission."
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