Jennifer Marie Keller

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Artist Statement

My paintings and drawings are windows into hidden places, worlds thick with an atmosphere that does well to keep secrets in shadows and truth in romanticized light. I love mysterious stories that can be gleaned from a single moment, such as characters with curious expressions and revealing still lifes. I paint and draw to tell these stories, and I care deeply about the ways the images are rendered.

For example, variety in texture of the paint and charcoal is very important to me.  Not only does this bring more appeal into a piece of art but I can use it to better tell the story. In my artwork, the paint or charcoal will be handled in a multitude of ways which helps lessen or heighten attention in specific areas. Paint and charcoal have endless possibilities of how they can be manipulated. I want to explore their full potential to make the best narrative and most interesting artwork.


Jennifer Marie Keller, (www.JenniferMarieKeller.com), makes representational oil paintings and charcoal drawings in a classical style.

Born in 1989 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jennifer would hide paper and crayons under her pillow so she could draw past bedtime. In high school, she took private art lessons and an exclusive summer painting class at a local university. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree with a focus in painting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

During her time at university, Jennifer also studied art history abroad in Rome and other Italian cities. Seeing the old master paintings and architecture strengthened her interest in the classical style and sent her searching for an education that focused on the techniques of the old masters.

The artist subsequently attended The Ravenswood Atelier for classical painting and drawing which is modeled after the 19th century art schools of Europe. She excelled during her training, became a student teacher at the atelier, and received the international Art Renewal Center Scholarship.

Jennifer has shown her art internationally. Her work has been exhibited at The Triton Museum of Art in California and also The Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana. She has also shown in numerous galleries from San Francisco to Chicago. The charcoal company, Nitram, exhibited her artwork in Germany at the Creative World Trade Show and featured her work in Drawing Magazine.

Jennifer Marie Keller lives in California and her artwork is included in private art collections internationally.



2013-18   The Ravenswood Atelier, Chicago, IL

2012-11   Studio Assistant to portrait painter Leslie Adams, Toledo, OH

2011        American Institute for Foreign Study, Art History, Rome, Italy 

2012-08  Bowling Green State University, Bachelors of Fine Arts, Bowling Green, OH



2016-18   Student Teacher at The Ravenswood Atelier, Chicago, IL

2017        Assistant of Magda Almy Painting and Drawing Workshop, Chicago, IL



2012      Solo Show Near Light, 1832 Studio and Gallery



2020      Tiny, Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA

2020      World Wide Kitsch

2020      Virtual/Window #1, Avenue 12 Gallery, San Francisco CA

2019      Salon at the Triton, Triton Museum, CA

2019      Tiny and Huge, Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA

2019      World Wide Kitsch

2019      Coyote Hills Regional Park Plein Air Event, Union City, CA 

2019      14th Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist

2019      Crocker-Kingsley Exhibit, Blue Line Arts, Rosenville, CA

2018      World Wide Kitsch

2018      Bold Expressions 63rd International Exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, CA

2018      Palette and Chisel Spring Show, Chicago IL

2017      Palette and Chisel Fall Show, Chicago IL

2017      World Wide Kitsch 

2016      Art Dart (Charity Event)- Green House Room, Chicago IL

2016      Cabaret- The Flat Iron, Chicago IL

2016      Creative World Trade Show- with Nitram Charcoal, Frankford Germany

2013      The Small Series- Side Street Studio Arts, Elgin IL

2013      Art Everywhere- Side Street Studio Arts, Elgin IL

2013      The Next Wave- The Next Wave, Elgin IL

2012      Tiny- Gallery 924, Indianapolis

2012      Encounter- Bozarts Gallery, Toledo

2012      Contemporary Realism Biennial- Fort Wayne Museum of Art

2012      Gallery 333, Toledo

2012      BGSU Senior Show- Willard Wankelman Gallery

2011      Figuratively Speaking- BGSU Student Union Gallery 

2011      BGSU Undergraduate Show- Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery  

2010      Presidential Suite in BGSU Student Union

2010      BGSU Undergraduate Show- Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery 

2009      BGSU Undergraduate Show- Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery  



2019        People’s Choice Award 2nd Place, Coyote Hills Plein Air Event

2018        Florence Ferrario Memorial Award - Excellent ability to work with medium. Awarded to “Oil and Dried Rose Petals” painting.

2017        Art Renewal Center Scholarship 3rd Place

2011        Palmar Travel Scholarship

2011        Athena Society Scholarship

2011        Junior Artist Talent Scholarship 

2010        1st Place Drawing in Undergraduate Gallery 

2010        2nd Place Painting in Undergraduate Gallery

2010        Sophomore Artist Talent Scholarship 

2009        Honorable Mention in Drawing in Undergraduate Gallery

2009        Freshman Artist Talent Scholarship


Memberships and Publication

2019        Morton, Walt and Menendez Didi. “Jennifer Marie Keller”. GOSS 183 COLLECTOR’S EXCLUSIVE CATALOGUE. Spring 2019: 6-7. Print.

2018        Featured in article An Artistic Voyage: exploring local creative and artist works, VoyageChicago.com, http://voyagechicago.com/2018/06/28/artistic-voyage-exploring-local-creative-artistic-works-2/

2017       Morton, Walt, comp. "The New Nude." Poets and Artists 17 June 2017: 65-66. Web.

2017       Featured in Guests of Gotham online magazine

2016       Guest blog post on The Art School Database The Ravenswood Atelier Experience                           http://artschooldb.com/2016/08/18/the-ravenswood-atelier-experience/

2016       Featured in Nitram Charcoal’s Ad in Drawing Magazine 

2016       Commercial- Around the World with Nitram Charcoal

2012       Article in ArtfulVegabond.com’s: A 365-Day Tribute to Artists and the Creative Mind