Jennifer Litchfield has been living and painting in Maine for the past 20 years. Originally from Australia, where she pursued a medical career in Sydney for 20 years, she moved to the United States in 1994 after meeting and marrying her American husband, Peter Felsenthal, with whom she lives on Barters Island. After Moving to Maine in 1996 Litchfield began her art education and continues to take many classes and workshops.
Art has always been one of her great loves and she took the opportunity of her new life to develop her passion for painting, drawing and color. Her principal working media are oil paint which she loves for its sensuous qualities and endless possibilities, pastel, appealing for its direct application and brilliant color, and more recently, acrylic. Her subject matter includes the landscape of New England and Europe, some still life and portraits. She describes her style as bold and colorful, a mix of realism and impressionism. Recently she has been exploring abstract painting in Acrylic. Smaller landscapes are painted en plein air and the larger works are painted in the studio using sketches and her own digital photographic references. Still life paintings and portraits are painted from life.
In the last 4 years she has been developing her skills in digital photography with and has had work accepted into the Maine Photography Show 2014, 2015 and 2016.
She is a member of River Arts, Damariscotta, the Boothbay Region Art Foundation,, and is a signature member of the Pastel Painters of Maine.
Her work is represented by the Hunter Gallery of Fine Art in Grafton, Vermont, the Stable Gallery, Damariscotta, Maine and she shows regularly at River Arts, and the Boothbay Region Art Foundation, on whose board of Trustees she serves.
“Painting is what I have always wanted to do. It is a practice that brings me into harmony with the world and myself. Working with color and form make me happy.
The landscape for me is actually a living presence, both the natural and the man made, morphing with the light and seasons, never the same moment to moment. I like to think I can capture in pigment and two dimensional form the essence of what I am seeing and feeling and convey some of my sense of the great mystery of all things.”