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Jen Gorman-Strawbridge Red Bridge at Virginia Forest Recreation Area, Delaware Canal State Park. Painted en plein air in oil

Jennifer Gorman-Strawbridge

Fine Art – Oil Painter with an Impressionistic Style


Having grown up in Chester County, PA, I moved to New Hope in 2017, and am captivated by the beautiful countryside and alluring river scenes that surround me. My work is a reflection of my interests, my travels, and my life experiences, and my subjects include landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes from Bucks and Chester Counties, as well as from my travels in Maine, Cape Cod, Cape May, Montana, and even as far as Tuscany, Italy. I recently began to paint en plein air and also paint in my New Hope studio from original photo references. 

I work with oil paints, and my tools are big brushes and a palette knife. Art-making in any form has always been an important outlet for me and an area of continued study and growth. Ever since I can remember, creating has been a source of joy and sustenance, and I am particularly inspired by and drawn to the myriad light, shadow, and reflections found in the natural world. I enjoy the emotional and physical process of moving an image from heart and mind to canvas. It gives me immense satisfaction to capture the beauty that surrounds me.

I earned my BA in fine arts and philosophy from Hamilton College, and have pursued numerous art workshops and courses, studying under various accomplished and award-winning artists. Having recently retired from a career in marketing, communications and event planning, I am now enthusiastically embracing my painting full-time, and work from my studio in New Hope.