Jennifer Gauthier is a Bellingham based mixed media painter. She earned her degree in art from Western Washington University. It was the year following her graduation, when Jennifer aspired to find her voice as a painter through dedication to daily practice. Raised in Maple Valley, WA, Jennifer often reflects on her hometown for inspiration. Jennifer currently lives and works in Bellingham, WA with her studio at Make Shift Art Space. Jennifer is interested in building a more prominent gallery presence in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to creating her own body of work, Jennifer accepts custom commissions. You can also find her work at Tidelines Shop in downtown Bellingham.

Photo by my good friend, Alyssa Wilcox

Photo by my good friend, Alyssa Wilcox



My work explores time and the concept of home. As I begin a painting, I invite my writing to inform the initial layers of a piece. I allow those words to create the landscape, and a relationship forms between ideas, experience and mark making. I like to imagine a string running through each painting of mine, forming one continuous conversation; one that feeds into my next composition and simultaneously absorbs information from the last.


It is a meditative process, to remain present through this dialogue. Balance is practiced both visually and conceptually by revisiting experiences from the past, and looking toward the inevitable lessons that will come with time. My studio practice is a study of balance between lightness and darkness, simplicity and accumulation, and finally, of stillness and motion.


My process, thoughtful and well considered, is also uninhibited and open to chance. This process allows trust and understanding to form between artist, medium and substrate.