Jen Brandon’s stirring horse paintings are imbued with animal magnetism, exuding style, energy and moving beauty. Collectors remark that “she’s captured their spirit perfectly” and that there’s “an energy and intimacy seldom experienced in traditional paintings.”
Jen has crafted a uniquely spirited world of her own creation, where canvases evoke flowing scenes of horses in motion, her hands exuding the same power and grace witnessed in the steeds themselves.When Jen focuses her noetic eye on these four legged subjects, it’s as if horse and rider move in unison with the brush strokes.
Long noted for her unique artistic vision and special connection to animals, Jen’s stylized approach captures everything from the graceful power of a horse in motion to the tender loyalty in a dog’s eyes, even the quirky expressions of a cow. Powerful movements, rich colors and deep emotions resonate throughout her works. Reminiscent of Wyeth’s early color sensibilities, her sprawling, graphic strokes capture the mind’s imagination in a dreamlike space, a spirited fusion between reality and ephemeral fantasy.
Born in New York, and raised amidst the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, Jen grew up surrounded by farm animals and pastoral settings. Those early years ingrained in her a deep, natural knowing for the nuances of animal portraiture, and instilled a deep reverence for the majesty and beauty inherent in all living creatures. Striking a lively balance between bold and whimsical, she is blessed with innate gifts that enable her to convey a unique blend of figurative magic and abstract colorations.
Demand for Jen Brandon’s bold, iconic work is vast, encompassing global collectors and the famous equestrian enclaves of Wellington, Palm Beach and the Hamptons. Jen’s poignant works can be found in select equestrian shows and venues, including the Hampton Classic, Longines Masters, Winter Equestrian Festival, Saratoga Saddlery and Hong Kong Jockey Club Happy Valley Race Course. Beyond her extensive studio work, she receives many requests for direct commissions depicting people’s pets – custom animal portraits with vivid, piercing eyes exquisitely rendered in oil on canvas. Through her sensual, sensitive depictions, this free-spirited animal lover instinctively knows how to create enduring joy for the owner.Jen’s mission to share the wonders of wildlife is not confined to the canvas. She also supports and donates to charities such as the Humane Society International, the Seraphim Foundation, Everhart museum, the Countryside Conservancy and the YMCA. Jen earned her BFA in Illustration at Marywood University and currently lives in Waverly, Pa. Even when she’s out of the studio, rock climbing or fishing with her husband Jared and their two Great Danes, her soul is still at work, creating mental images to be used in future renderings.