The daughter of Italian immigrants, Jennifer Pazienza was born in Newark, New Jersey. She began making art as a child in her mother’s kitchen. Recently retired art education professor from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, Dr. Pazienza, after years of navigating the demands of university work delights in being a full time painter! With her husband Gerry Clarke and their dog Mela, Becket is her home away from home. Jennifer has been exhibiting work in the Berkshires since 2014 with a solo show at Good Purpose Gallery, Lee, Massachusetts and group shows at St. Francis Gallery, Lee, Massachusetts and 510 Warren Street Gallery Hudson, New York. She regularly writes a column for The Artful Mind and has been featured in two significant interviews (Issues, November 2014 and September 2015).
Pazienza earned a BEd in art education at the then William Paterson College of NJ, a MEd in 1985 and a PhD in1989 in art education with minors in painting from the Pennsylvania State University. It was her painting professor, Afro-Native American Landscape painter Richard Mayhew, had the greatest influence on her artwork. In 1984 he suggested she ditch her tube of Payne’s Gray and tonal painting and switch to a colourist approach. She has been exploring the possibilities of a limited colourist palette ever since.
Jennifer has given scholarly papers on art, education and pedagogy at conferences in Canada, the US and Europe, has worked as a visual arts research consultant at the Getty Centre for the Arts in Education in the US, the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan, and Canada. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, published articles and chapters in books while maintaining a studio and exhibition practice. In September 2015 she delivered Beautiful Dreamer: Landscape and Memory at Art & Psyche Sicily, an international conference dedicated to the life and work of Carl Jung for the closing plenary session. It was selected for publication on ARAS Connections: Image and Archetype 2016 Issue 3, and will be published in Italian for the Southern Italian Psychological Institute’s journal, Enkelados, the Journal of Analytic Psychology. She was awarded artist residencies at the Beaverbrook, New Brunswick’s Provincial Art Gallery and Artigianato del Sole in Misterbianco, Sicily.
Jennifer Pazienza’s work is held in Public, Private and Corporate Collections in the US, Italy and Canada.