JENNY CLARK

Biography

 

 

I was born in Victoria BC in 1950 and attended UVic 1968 to 1978, graduating with a BSc in Biology.

From 1975 to 1981, I participated intermittently in an art therapy program in Victoria.   In that shared studio, I learned that my subconscious speaks in a constantly evolving visual language.  Also in 1975, I met Dr. Jim Tucker, Victoria MD and acupuncturist, who taught me to read my art and life in terms of the Chinese elements of wood, water, earth, fire and metal. It is through Dr. Tucker that I was exposed to Buddhist ideas concerning the relationship of body, mind and spirit. I continue to work with him to this day.

From 1972 to 2007 I was based in the Rocky Mountain National Parks where I worked as a park naturalist. For 6 years within that period I worked in Yellowknife and Edmonton  as a conservation education officer.

In 1987, I enrolled in the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, graduating in 1991 with distinction in painting.  Art school added knowledge of studio practice and art history.  I could relate to Kandinsky’s “the spirit in art” and to Abstract Expressionism’s spontaneous use of paint.  Surrealism’s use of the subconscious was a process akin to my own. Helen Frankenthaler’s tender stained canvases spoke to me.    

In 1992, I gave birth to my son and continued the practice of my art and my vocation as a naturalist around the demands of motherhood.

In 2007, I relocated to Victoria to see my son through high school and to care for my mother. I left Rockies  and took up full time residence in Victoria in 2012. I continue to paint out of my small studio in Rock Bay Square.