About the Artist
Jennifer Hannaford is a forensic scientist and an emerging contemporary artist based in New York City. Her underwater series demonstrates a fantastically refreshing new talent – marrying superb technical drawing and painting skills, with her profound understanding of the human form.
In an effort to get in touch with her innate artistic side, Jennifer began her art career with a series of mug shots created entirely with her own finger prints. She recently expanded her subject matter and style to include the underwater series.
As a forensic scientist, Hannaford experienced some of the harsher realities of human nature. Her art allows her to explore beautiful moments of the living experience frozen in time on canvas; life, ascension, and balance. Using sensibilities that were born out of her professional training in forensic science, she understands how the body feels and reacts underwater. When we look at her representational work – we can easily relate it to our own life experiences.
Born in Placerville, California in 1968, Jennifer Hannaford received a Bachelor of Forensic Science from California State University of Sacramento in 1994, and a Masters in Biomedical Forensic Science from Boston University in 2013. As a result of her studies, Jennifer understood that recovered latent fingerprints could potentially be used for the purpose of art authentication. Fascinated by this combination of art and science, her thesis focused on the recovery of fingerprint detail from the imprimatura (foundational) layer in paintings. Hannaford continues to explore this unique science while she pursues a full time painting career.
Adelman Fine Art is pleased to represent Jennifer Hannaford and share her talent with collectors worldwide.
Jen: “My nephew, Miles Hannaford, is a professional photographer and has taken most of my reference photographs for me. He has done such a wonderful job. Out of thousands of shots sometimes you find only a handful that captures a moment that I may want to translate into a painting. My models are family and friends. While many of these painted scenes are quite relaxed, these wonderful people are often in the pool for hours. It is a lot of fun, but they work hard! I have such tremendous gratitude for those who have been helping me out and have believed in me. It has been a group adventure of sorts.”