After a 23 years of teaching art and exhibiting her paintings in galleries ranging from Manila, Philippines to Atlanta, Georgia, Jennifer Carrasco first experienced working with decorative art when she repainted 58 wooden antique carrousel animals in Spokane, Washington. More commissions followed, and by 1992 Jennifer had become an established decorative painter, designing and executing everything from logos and illustrations for businesses to trompe l’ oeil murals and murals on all the walls and ceilings of a 30’ x 40’ ballroom. In 2005 Carrasco was chosen to do the Easter Egg poster for the White House. Over the past few years she has done 30 murals for Tommy Bahama stores in the US and abroad. Currently, she has just completed a large entry mural and a tripych of watercolors for a client in Austin, Texas, and three 5’ x 9’ paintings of a Mediterranean landscape for clients in Seattle.
As of November 21, 2013, she finished on a chinoiserie mural project of about 100 linear yards of canvas applied to the 25 ' high walls of the entry to a private residence on Vashon Island,
Carrasco graduated with a BA in art and education from Washington State University and was a graduate student at the University of Washington as well as attending two years of graphic technology, design and illustration at Seattle Central Community College. In the 60’s, she worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and remained in the country for 16 years, painting and teaching art. From 1986 to 1996, Jennifer was an NEA artist in residence in five different states and traveled in Japan and Korea as an artist in residence in US overseas schools. Since the early nineties she has managed her own decorative painting and mural business in Seattle.
Jennifer Carrasco has combined personal interpretation, painstaking historical research and period details into an innovative series of murals and decorative projects in private residences and commercial establishments from Hawaii to Dubai. Each of her projects have been an adventure, a collaboration where she works with clients to create unique and beautiful visual environments.
My personal work is emotional and contains narrative elements from my experiences. I usually work on stretched canvas on sizes ranging from 4’ x 4’ to 6’ x 4’, and various sizes of watercolor paper and vellum. My usual mediums are acrylics and watercolor. The elements of my narratives and abstract passages crowd in on the perimeters of my canvas, the color is intense, my brushwork is loose and expressive, and I consider spontaneity an important factor in the success of the painting.
I have kept an artist’s journal for 36 years, and these journals are an important source for both my personal and commercial work.
My commercial projects are highly eclectic, and historical research is a part of almost every project. Any mural where I work in historical forms will bear the respective stamps of my client’s personality and my own style.
I spend a great deal of time with a client in an effort to find out the best way for me to express their personality and preferences. It is a collaboration and the work is a process of discovery for both the client and me. Every commercial project I do for a client is preceded by many thumbnail sketches, intensive research, a detailed drawing and a final tight gouache rendering.
My criteria for my commercial work is that it should be interesting, that I can learn something new, that I am not expected to copy anyone else, and that it doesn’t conflict with my values. If these criteria are met, and I’m being paid appropriately for the project, I’ll paint anything.
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