"For centuries flowers have been associated with key moments in our lives, commemorating birthdays, weddings, funerals and many other events and are also the time-honoured gift between old friends and new. Flowers are symbols of heartfelt emotion and yet can also evoke memories of the past.
I love how flowers are totally spontaneous and fill a space with energy and life. There is so much to learn from their natural rhythms and generous, unselfconscious, yet powerful beauty. Flowers invite us to slow down, to take time to stop and stare, taking us to another, calmer space. They help us to live in the moment and have the power to make us look at life anew."
Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Jennifer Harmes was from an early age, encouraged and inspired to draw by her mother, who was an illustrator. After completing Sixth Form at Auckland Girls' Grammar, she was accepted into Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho, USA with several scholarships to undertake a Bachelor of Arts Degree. On returning to New Zealand, Jennifer continued her studies in graphic design at Auckland Technical University before establishing a successful career as a graphic designer.
After working as an art director and stylist for 13 years, predominately in publishing, she changed her focus to painting full-time in 2000 and successfully sold through exhibitions and private commissions, now held in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, UK and the USA.
Having previously painted in watercolours and traditional oils, Jennifer started experimenting with alkyd oils due to their fast drying and transparent qualities. She developed a style of painting using layers of colour based on a technique she used with watercolours and artists inks. With this delicate and time-consuming process she is able to achieve incredible depth and vibrancy of colour to her paintings.
Due to a change in personal circumstances in 2005, she returned to graphic design, leading her to work in London in 2007. She now lives near St. Albans in Hertfordshire and resumed painting in 2020 from her home studio.
2005 Joint exhibition with Tim Wilson, Fishers Fine Arts, Auckland
2004 New Years Exhibition - selected artists, Fishers Fine Arts, Auckland
2003 Bloom - solo exhibition, Te Tuhi - The Mark, Manukau City
2002 Joint Exhibition with Anna Palmer, Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland
2001 Joint exhibition with Alan Bond, Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland
2001 Gallery selection, Flagstaff Gallery, Auckland
2001 Matters Of The Heart - selected artists, Morgan St Gallery, Auckland
2000 Christmas Selection - selected artists, Morgan St Gallery, Auckland