Local Artist of the Week: Jen Sowders
Growing up on a ‘dead end’ road in the county; Ohio-native artist, Jennifer Sowders, grew up spending a lot of time studying nature. Jennifer relates, "Whether carefully designed or plein air, I spend quite a bit of time planning before I ever create. Structure is important to me... I don’t like to frost a ‘messy cake’.”
Jennifer works primarily in watercolor and has recently gained entrance into The 2020 National Watercolor Society’s (NWS) Annual Member Show, as well as NWS 2020 “50 Stars” Exhibition. The latter being quite an honor as two artworks are chosen from each state-level watercolor society to represent their state. Her work has been in the Ohio State Fair, Ohio Watercolor Society shows including the traveling exhibition, as well as
many Juried shows throughout Ohio. She is an Associate member of the Ohio Watercolor and National Watercolor Societies; on the board of the Fostoria Area Arts Council and member of the Ohio Art League.
Jennifer is a 1994 BFA graduate from the Columbus College of Art and Design, her major in Illustration is often noted via storytelling elements in her body of work.
Her work was the flagship 1st quarter cover-art for the 2020 Northwest Ohio e-zine publication; “Of Rust and Glass” and concordantly shown and mentioned on a WTOL 11 Toledo broadcast.
She has recently illustrated a children’s book entitled “Kinsley’s Snowflake Dance” in
watercolor and completed a mural celebrating the city of “Fostoria”. Jennifer lives on her rural childhood farm in Northwest Ohio with husband Gary and 3 sons.