Jenny Armitage was born in 1962 to an artistic couple. She rebelled by going to law school. In her 40's she conformed by teaching herself to sculpt and then to draw and paint. She is a member of the Watercolor society of Oregon where she has received several awards for her paintings. She is a signature member of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. Her watercolors hang at Art in the Valley in Corvallis and occasional art fairs. No one hangs her briefs anywhere.
About Jenny's Methods' and Style:
Armitage's watercolors are influenced by the simple shapes and clean hard lines of the iconic National Parks posters completed in the 1930s by WPA artists. The WPA silkscreens summed up a landscape or building in a few simple shapes and colors executed in silkscreen. Armitage's watercolors are more painterly than the WPA silkscreens, but their hard edges and simplified interpretation of complex subjects often reminds viewers of silkscreens or batiks.
That her paintings are sometimes compared to batiks is not surprising are her pouring technique is similar to that of batik artists. Each painting begins with very light paint literally poured across the paper. Armitage then masks those areas of the painting she intends to remain white. She builds the painting up from there in three to five layers of paint either poured across the paper or applied with a two inch or larger brush. Portions of each layer are preserved by liquid or other removable masking. Then she removes all of the masking to reveal what she thinks of as the bones of the painting. She applies paint to this poured base conventionally, with a brush.