My first love was horses, and I studied them and drew them from a very early age, and so my skills of observation, and drawing began to be developed, and have grown with having horses of my own.
A deep love of the Australian bush where I grew up, soon manifested itself in my landscapes.
Later a fascination with our unique Australian history has combined with the love of the bush, horses and the country way of life, and developed into forays into painting aspects of that history.
Meeting and later marrying Ron Marshall, a fellow artist who had similar interests, means that we are in the delightful position of being able to work together on our painting projects, sharing our passion for history and nature, and exploring techniques to better express this in our paintings.
Jennifer grew up in the country where she developed a great love and appreciation of the Australian bush and rural life, and started her education at Upper Burringbar Public School, a 1-2 teacher school in Northern NSW and it was here that her talent was first recognised and she sold her first drawings and paintings.
She attended Murwillumbah High School and was within the top 10 art students in the 1973 NSW Higher School Certificate, but chose to do a Dip.Ed. in General Primary Teaching at Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education in Lismore, (now the Southern Cross University) rather than go to Art School in Sydney. During this time Jennifer began selling works in local galleries under her maiden name of Jowett.
From 1977 until 1987 Jennifer lived in several different central NSW locations, exhibiting her work in local galleries and country NSW exhibitions, winning numerous awards, including many Peoples Popular Choice Awards.
From 1988 until 2006 Jennifer lived in the Mackay region, again exhibiting locally and winning many awards including Open, Representational, Traditional, Pastel, Portrait, and Peoples Popular Choice Awards.
In 1993 Jennifer was accepted as a “Master Pastellist” by the Pastel Society of Australia,
In 1994 and 1995 she tutored pastel classes at James Cook University’s Mackay Campus.
In 2000 Jennifer married fellow artist Ron Marshall with whom she had won the Mackay Airport Mural Competition in 1996. (These murals now hang at Mackay Tourism Information Centre.)
From then she painted under her married name of Jennifer Marshall.
Ron and Jennifer had been painting similar subjects … early Australian history, landscapes, seascapes and working horses. Together they have embarked on a series of historical paintings about an old gold mining town called the “Mount Britton Collection”, and a series of paintings about “The Australian Light Horse”.
Jennifer also paints portraits… of horses, dogs and people. Jennifer has worked in soft pastels and also acrylic, but more recently uses alkyd oils.
She and Ron reproduce high quality giclee prints of many of their original works.
In 2006 Ron and Jennifer sold their home in Mackay and moved to the “Rose and Rodeo Capital of Queensland”, the lovely historic, country town of Warwick, where they have set up their studio, and become involved with the local art community.
2009- Ex Arte Equinus-International Equestrian Art Competition- 3rd Place
2009- Horses in Art- First prize front cover competition
2009- Warwick Show-Champion of Show, First Prize Fauna/Flora
2008- Warwick Show- First Prize-Drawing, First Prize-Native Fauna/Flora
2007- Ex Arte Equinus- International Equine Art Exhibition –Painting 3rd place, Drawing 5th place
2007- Queensland Festival of the Horse, Gold Edition Equine Art Prize- Popular Choice Award
2006- Warwick Art Prize - Hangers Award
2005- Airlie Beach Maritime Exhibition - Commended
2002- Highlands to the Islands exhibition run by Milton House Gallery, Mackay – 2nd Prize
2001- Wallace & Wallace Portrait Prize run by Milton House Gallery, Mackay 1st Prize
1989- 1996 I exhibited in exhibitions in the Mackay area of Queensland and won many Peoples Popular Choice, Traditional, Pastel and Open Awards, including...
1996- Mackay Airport Mural Competition- Winning Award with Ron Marshall
1996- Pioneer Valley Arts Exhibition- Major Open Award
1996- Sarina Visual Arts Competition - Major Open Award
1995-Pioneer Valley Arts Exhibition-Traditional Award, & Peoples Popular Choice Award.
1994- Sarina Visual Arts Competition - Open Award
1993- Sarina Visual Arts Competition –Traditional Landscape Award
1991- Mackay Artists & Art Competition - Peoples Popular Choice Award
1990- Pioneer Valley Art Exhibition –Peoples Popular Choice
1990- Mackay Artists & Art Competition, - Peoples Popular Choice Award
1979-1989 I won many awards, and Peoples Popular Choice prizes in country NSW exhibitions, although my memory is too hazy to be at all accurate.
1989- Pioneer Valley Art Exhibition –Peoples Popular Choice
1989- Mackay Artists & Art Competition, - Peoples Popular Choice Award
1985- Singleton –Peoples Popular Choice
1979- Cowra Art Exhibition -Very Very Very Very Highly Commended, & Peoples Popular Choice
1979- Lyndhurst - Traditional Award
(Joint Exhibitions as Jennifer Marshall with Ron Marshall)
2007 Warwick Regional Art Gallery, Warwick – “Hoofbeats, History, Waves & Wilderness”
2007 Mudgeeraba Military Tatoo & Light Horse Tournament- “The Australian Light Horse”
2007 Queensland Mounted Infantry Historical Troop 20th Anniversary, Gaythorne RSL - “The Australian Light Horse”
2006 Monto Light Horse Reunion & Re-enactment, Monto Showground- “The Australian Light Horse”
2005 Old Town Hall, Mackay- “ Hoofbeats, History, Waves & Wilderness”
2005 Monto Light Horse Memorial Reunion & Re-enactment, Monto Showground “Australian Horses”
2003 Nebo Shire Museum Courthouse Gallery- “The Mount Britton Collection
(Exhibitions as Jennifer Jowett)
1995- Entertainment Centre Mackay-joint exhibition with Fabian Micali
1994- Entertainment Centre Mackay
1989- Spirals Gallery, Rockhampton
2009- June Children's Class, Warwick Art group
2009- March/April -Tutor of Drawing/Pastel Class, Wawick Art Group Inc
2009- January- Tutor- Children’s Class, Warwick Art Group Inc
1995- Tutor of Pastel/Painting Class James Cook University Mackay campus
1994- Tutor of Pastel, Acrylic Classes, James Cook University, Mackay campus.
1989- Tutor Pastel Workshop Pioneer Valley Art Group
2006- 2008 Warwick Art Group Inc.,
2006-2009 Warick Art Gallery member and volunteer
2008- 2009 Warwick Art Gallery Committee member
1993-1996 Pastel Society of Australia, Master Pastellist
1989-1996 Mackay Art Society.
2007-2010 Equine Art Guild
Dawn Marriage- President of Warwick Art Group Inc.
Karina Devine- Director of Warwick Art Gallery