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Jennifer Goldberger

Jennifer Goldberger combines classical drawing skills and subjects with her expressive brush work to create contemporary masterpieces. Goldberger discovered her passion and talent as an artist at the early age of eleven. Inspired by the world around her, Goldberger uses her precise, detailed drawing technique to create intricate columns, swirling rosettes and lifelike florals. Painting and drawing in a wide variety of styles, Goldberger is able to adapt her technique to the subject at hand. Goldberger has painted a vibrant pop art billiards series, serene scenic landscapes, abstract line art and decorative flower art. She is as diverse as she is talented.
Jennifer Goldberger ArtSmall Nouveau Landscape I Print

Where are you from?

I was born in Southern California, but I moved around a lot after the age of 11. I changed schools every two years after kindergarten - I mention it because I think it shaped me.

Where do you live now?

I moved to Richmond in '99 when I transferred to VCU. I fell in love with it here.
Salsa PrintJennifer Goldberger PaintingGraphic Pool VIIIGoldberger Art Prints

How did you get a career as an artist?

Funny story. I found out about a colorist position at WAG (then Old World Prints) and applied, planning to work there between undergraduate and grad school. This was shortly after 9/11 and they couldn't hire me. I called back weekly and then monthly, and then 5 days before I graduated, I got the call from the then owner. At some point during that first year as a colorist, I was accepted to Pratt Graduate School, received a scholarship, and the current owners of WAG bought the company. I was heading to New York in my mind, but torn because I didn't want to leave Richmond. The new owners convinced me to stay, I became a designer, and the rest is history!
Small Postcard Song IV

The environment should affect anyone who is awake and actively engaging in the world. The place I live is Richmond, my world is a microcosm of WAG and my family, but I also live on this planet. It all affects my art.

Motorcycle Ride I

What is your biggest inspiration for art?

Making beautiful things, exploring and mastering new media and styles, looking at beautiful art and design.

How would you describe the style of the art you create?

Diverse? That's not really a style though... Multi layered, controlled with an eye for the unexpected. Contemporary, but livable and hopefully with a twist of edginess.
Small Rebecca's Peacock IJennifer Goldberger PrintsPanelled Rosette I

What mediums do you use for your art?

(Graphic design, painting, pastels, sculpting, etc.) Why do you like these mediums the best? I work with almost every 2D medium I can think of. My work falls into three categories of media:
  • 1. Collage/multimedia: I use encaustic, printmaking, acrylic media, oil, found objects and paper, and various mark-making media.
  • 2. Painting and Drawing: I'm classically trained in oil painting, but I rarely use oils anymore. I mostly use acrylics, watercolors, and inks and I draw with just about anything that makes a line.
  • 3. Graphic Design: This has become my most powerful tool in the last 2-3 years.

What is your favorite piece you've created so far?

I don't think I can answer this question. I make around 600 pieces of art every year, and I tend to get excited about subtle process successes within a group of art at any given time. Once I've moved on, I'm only thinking about the next one.
Pink Flamingo IIOversize Autumnal MeadowSmall Tropical Fantasy

What do you enjoy most about being an artist?

Being an artist for a living. I'm so, incredibly lucky. I love the company I work for and making things that contribute to our success as a business. I'm most satisfied when everyone is successful.

What do you feel is your greatest strength in your art?

My diverse use and control of media and my compositions.
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