Jennifer Hirshfield

Jennifer Hirshfield
Oil & Acrylic Paintings


Jennifer Hirshfield was born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1965. During her childhood she spent most of her weekends exploring the coastline and mountainous landscapes of Santa Cruz, California where her Grandmother lived.

Jennifer attended U.C. Davis from 1983 to 1987. While at Davis, she found her artistic “voice” while studying painting and sculpting with Squeak Carnwath, Roland Petersen and Manuel Neri. She continued with post-graduate work at San Francisco State University. In San Francisco, she became further exposed to and strongly influenced by the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Her application of paint with a heavy hand and profound understanding of color today speak of a long history tied to her studies in Davis and her love of Bay Area Figurative painting.

Historically my subject matter derives from my need to connect with nature, which I believe to be a universal human need. I paint with an intentional and active mindfulness to allow the past and future to slip away. Many types of media are used to create the texture in my works, from clay to high gloss molding material, to the application of the paint itself. Viewers often speak of wanting to touch the paintings because of the variety of surfaces and the layers of glowing colors.

My application of paint with heavy hand stems from my studies at the University of California, Davis and my love of Bay Area Figurative painting. The energy applied in the painting process is meant to mirror the energy of the painting’s subject – for example, the energy of the ocean, the energy of the stream, and with these paintings, the energy of the journey.

A working artist for over 15 years, Jennifer’s paintings are a mainstay in San Francisco Bay Area art galleries. Her work has been shown in academic settings and is part of the permanent collections in the new Sonoma County, California Sutter Health Foundation Centers.