Jenny Scheu

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Artist Statement

All of my work starts with color and line. Inspiration comes from my observations of light in the built and natural environment which I encounter on daily long walks through Portland. My watercolor paintings are built with many layers of watercolor pigments, translucent gouaches, and opaque prismacolor pencils and inks. While my early printmaking work focused on intaglio, I have come to love the spontaneity of working with monotypes, and enjoy the unexpected compositions and colors. My goal for the next years is to explore printmaking techniques, inks, and tools…and always, to do more drawing!

Brief Bio

Jenny Scheu studied two dimensional design and printmaking with Bruce Muirhead and David Bumbeck at Middlebury College. Urban renewal work in Cambridge led her to architecture. After receiving her M.Arch degree from MIT in 1979, her first job in Maine was construction work on Cliff Island. She has been a licensed ME architect for the last 28 years, and works closely with owners and builders to design small projects of all kinds. Over these years in Portland, she has also taken regular Continuing Studies courses at Maine College of Art.

The recession has given her an opportunity to ramp up her studio work in watercolor painting and drawing. Her work has been been in group shows at Flat Iron, River Tree Arts, June Fitzpatrick, MECA, George Marshall Store, and Vestibule 594 galleries. Two paintings and one drawing were purchased by the new Press Hotel. She has had solo shows at Art House, Chestnut Street Lofts, and Ocean House galleries. Two recent summer residencies at Maine’s Hewnoaks Artist Colony have bolstered her drawing and collage work.

Invited to join Peregrine Press in 2013, she has has been largely working on monotype prints, and has enjoyed learning many new techniques from generous Press members. She recently moved her work into a large space in the Bakery Studios building, on the floor below Peregrine Press. She works there most days, and welcomes studio visitors. (N. B. Scheu means-and is pronounced-SHY.)