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Jennifer Elliotson – a regular artist within the Noodle fam, we’re proud to present Jennifer as our featured artist January 15th to February 17th

Hi, I’m Jennifer Elliotson, self taught painter and former florist.  My studio is in an old barn and under a very large ginkgo tree in Jordan Station, Ontario.  I find inspiration from roads trips and walks along the Niagara escarpment.
Through the “Road Trip” series, I explore a desire to be less burdened by the complexities of life and how one can have a “sense of home” while away from home.
These pieces are largely inspired from my own road trips, both present day and years past.  For me, they speak of a time when life was more simple — when adventures were unplanned, slowed down and unplugged.  It’s interesting to think about how few material possessions one actually needs when on a road trip.
I have amused myself in adding small elements to the scenes; a hammock; flowers arranged and put on a table; geraniums in a pot; laundry on the line.  I hope to invoke an idea that time is free and unmeasured.  There is the luxury of settling in a little bit.
In my memories, ice cream was monumentally important.  So, these little destinations have also made their way into the series.
Whether a road trip is personal goal for the future or a distant memory from the past, it’s my wish that you claim these settings as your own and put yourself into the story.
In all my work, I continually return to beauty (not in a superficial sense, but more-so as a grounding place of wonder and joy).  Having spent 20 years as a florist, a pull to the magnificence of nature is inherent and unavoidable.  These days, my attention is set in a few directions: road trips; big florals; carolinian forest scapes.  I also have a lot of fun painting cheeky animals who are up to no good.