Jennifer is an artist, illustrator and author who works in a lovely attic studio perched atop a very colorful house right outside of New York City. She has been obsessed with painting from an early age, and was always making art and creating something new. She is known for her daily sketchbook paintings which she has been doing for over 4 years. Every day, weekends and vacations included, she paints for up to 30 minutes for personal satisfaction, the things that inspire and surround her.  It has become a visual diary of the moments that pass by, sometimes unnoticed. It may be high flying bird, a field of weeds, a broken teacup or details in a large crowd of people, to the little things she does that take up a day such as gardening, a bike ride or a visit to a museum. Her paintings are primarily gouache and watercolor but also include ink, pencil and the occasional marker. Besides the sketchbook, she has worked with clients such as Anthropologie, Abrams Books, Chronicle Books, Design House Greetings, Flow Magazine, Kate Spade, Seal Press, TeNeues and many more.

Her first book was published last year with Abrams books. It is a creative guided journal that helps encourage people to find a bit of daily inspiration and develop a daily drawing habit. There are currently two more books in the works that will be out in 2018.

She also teaches painting classes on Creativebug as well as workshops and retreats.

Jennifer spent many years after graduating from RISD as a textile stylist designing prints for children's clothing and lingerie.

She is now represented by Jennifer Nelson Artists.

Here are some interviews and press,

Lisa Congdons Blog

Meighan O'Toole Podcast

Design Observer

Smart Creative Women Podcast

Uppercase Magazine Issue 22

She is available for licensing and commissions.  Please contact JOL at or

Jennifer Nelson at