Jennifer R. Welty

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"I feel involved in my subject’s life quietly. I know their faces and every move of their hands so well."

- Jennifer R. Welty

Born in the fast-paced, high-tech heart of the Silicon valley in 1958, Jennifer grew up wanting to capture a sense of timelessness in her work. Beauty, family, integrity, character, the reward of hard work and discipline are values she tries to honor through her paintings.

Jennifer graduated Valedictorian with a degree in interior design from International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida, but she is largely self-taught in the field of portraiture. With no formal instruction in painting, she taught herself to paint by copying great masterworks, practicing on friends and family, and drawing endlessly.

At 14, Jennifer illustrated four children's books used in school reading curriculums. At the age of 23, she was represented by Gallery Americana in Carmel, CA, where she would show her work for nearly ten years. She illustrated over 21 collector plates for the Bradford exchange, before plunging full-time into portraiture, her first love. While raising two young daughters and caring for her family, Jennifer often arose in the middle of the night to paint in the quiet hours of dawn. She has studied for short periods with Daniel E. Greene, Casey Baugh, C.W. Mundy, and Nancy Guzik.

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Selected Commissions & Collections

Jennifer's clients include people from all walks of life, most notably:

  • Sandy Tatum, USGA President
  • LPGA Hall of Fame Champion Juli Inkster
  • Maria Bartiromo, MSNBC anchorwoman and former managing editor for the Wall Street Journal
  • Anthony Holbrook, former CEO of Advanced Micro Devices
  • Mr. Bodine, Principal of Sandler O'Neill
  • Ms. Dyrdahl, former CFO of Adobe Systems
  • The founders of Intuit
  • The family of Manchester United soccer goalie, Tim Howard
  • The Foundation for the Carolinas, Charlotte, NC
  • Roy Nichols, founder of Nichols Research and Huntsville (AL) Business Hall of Fame recipient

Honors & Awards

Finalist, Portrait Society of America's 2017 International Competition

1st Place, Portraits, Inc. Annual Art Walk Competition, 2016

4th Place, Commissioned Portrait Category, Portrait Society of America's 2016 International Competition

People's Choice Award, Finalist & 5th Place, Portrait Society of America's 2015 International Competition

Award of Excellence, Portrait Society of America's 2014 International Competition

10th Merit Award, Portrait Society of America's 2014 Members' Only Competition, Commissioned Portrait category

Award of Exceptional Merit, Portrait Society of America's 2013 International Portrait Competition

Finalist, Portrait Society of America's 2013 Members' Only Competition, Commissioned Portrait category

Finalist, Portrait Society of America's 2013 Members' Only Competition, "Out of the Box" category