Jennifer Sugarman is known for brilliantly colorful small paintings that invite the viewer into imaginative dreamscapes. Her work has been accepted into juried competitions nationally and internationally and is held in many private collections.
Born in New York City, Jennifer took her first art class at MOMA at age four, where she saw works of art that have influenced her throughout her artistic career. She went on to receive her MFA from The University of Mississippi and her BA from Northwestern University.
The scale of her watercolors, and therefore interaction with them, is small and personal. Surface tension, brushstroke, and layers of color combine to create depth of field and interest. Jennifer’s application of the watercolor medium is decidedly non-traditional, using a process she has created over years of working with the medium; her saturated colors create an aesthetic that is unexpected and often not recognized by the viewer as watercolor.
My work centers on spaces from my imagination that reflect reality but don't represent it, much like a dream. While the scale of my watercolors, and therefore interaction with them, is small and personal, my approach to painting both small and large works is similar. Surface tension, brushstroke, and layers of color are equally important no matter the size of the work. I want you to participate when you look at my art - enter my work and place yourself in the space. While my early paintings were primarily figurative, for the most part, figures have disappeared from my watercolors. However, a sense of the figure's presence remains - you are that presence.