Hello! My name is Jennifer Stanley and I am a self-taught artist who grew up in the coal-fields of Eastern Kentucky. When I wasn't playing in the hills or creeks I could be found in my room, drawing or coloring in books. Early on, I began noticing the artwork in the different places I visited with my family, and I would study the artwork and wonder just how the artist had done what they did...and I began experimenting with COLORS!
For my seventh birthday I received my first paint-by-number set, and discovered the world of painting! With the discovery of National Geographic magazine at age 10, I now had GREAT reference photos to work from so now all my animal sketches started to take on individual characteristics...now a dog looked like a dog instead of looking like a bear!
I bought my first 35mm camera at age 21 and began photographing and painting the quaint little Kentucky homes in my corner of the world. I began painting with acrylics in 1982 and in 1992 I began my study in portraiture. I later moved to the Lexington, KY, area and found employment at an architectural illustrations firm in 1997.
I joined Lynn Architectural Illustrators and learned to read and apply blueprint information to a perspective chart to produce architectural renderings. The company retired in 2006 but I continue to do illustrations on an as-needed basis.
In 2011 I opened a booth at the Athens Schoolhouse Antiques Show. When I'm not in my home studio, you can find me at Booth #316 in the gymnasium on the second weekend of every month, where you can watch me work on my latest commission!
I am a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen since 2015 .