Jennifer De Miguel Friedman is an Atlanta-based painter whose work contains elements of post-impressionism and expressionism. Her primary mediums are acrylic and oil on canvas but she also paints on vintage ceiling tin when she can find it. Most of her paintings are created with a palette knife but she has begun incorporating more brushwork into her paintings. Her work can be seen in metro Atlanta galleries and at the many art festivals she participates in each year.
Jennifer is the daughter of Cuban political refugees who came to the US in the early 1960s. Although Jennifer was born in the US, her life has been strongly influenced by the energy and passion of the Cuban culture and she believes that can be seen in her art. Her father's employment in the computer field meant that her family moved around quite a bit when she was a child. Cuban families are tight-knit and her family vacations were often spent trekking across the country to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. In a time before iPods and DVD players in cars, Jennifer's only forms of entertainment on these long trips were reading books and looking out the window at the passing countryside. The cows and barns that dotted the landscape quelled her boredom and sparked her imagination. These memories serve as inspiration for many of her paintings.
Jennifer does not remember a time in her life when she was not fascinated with art. She was drawn to it as a child and was constantly drawing, painting and doodling on any available piece of paper she could find. This was quite an annoyance to her schoolteachers who often found her schoolwork covered in her artistic daydreams. Her parents nurtured her artistic endeavors from an early age and she took her first lesson in watercolor painting at age eight. She studied art with private instructors as a child and took some painting courses as an adult but considers herself to be primarily self-taught.
In 1993, Jennifer graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with the intention of teaching literature. However, in keeping with her indecisive nature, she couldn’t quite figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She worked in the corporate world and as a Music Together instructor until deciding to stay home with her children full time. Her appreciation for art was always on her mind and in her heart. She could not look at a painting she admired without taking it apart mentally, layer by layer, in an attempt to figure out the artist’s process. When her youngest son went off to kindergarten, she seized a golden opportunity to concentrate on her frustrated passion for art; her only true regret is not having done so sooner! Jennifer works in her home studio located in Roswell, Georgia.