Reviews and Quotes
"Even those who know her may not recognize her unique stature among her peers. At 38, (Jennifer) is young to be painting at an elite level in this unforgiving medium while also make a living, chiefly through self-promotion; it is a hat-trick of rarities... Remarkable as that is, it's not the only reason why she's heralded worldwide... In addition to historic buildings, her recent output includes head snapping interpretations of the Rocky Mountains..."
(Helen Metella, Managing Editor, Avenue Magazine, Edmonton, Nov/Dec 2006)
"Jennifer... City Councillors and I take great pride in acknowledging your important and impressive contributions to the International Arts Community as you continually share artistic expression and culture through your life's work."
(Mayor Stephen Mandel, Protocol Event, Dec 2006)
"Annesley also has an unerring command of multiple light sources and reflected light, and handles perspective with the accuracy of a draftsman... A hundred years from now, (Jennifer's) work will be seen as important and significant, and there are not that many artists I'd be comfortable saying that about..."
(Tim Packer, Past resident of CSPWC, Toronto, 2006)
"(I) have repreented artists for 27 years, but know of no other in Canada who markets herself this way, with a solo, invitation-only show."
(Virginia Christopher, Calgary Art Dealer, 2006)
"Jennifer Annesley, 38, is one of only a handful of Canadian artists who can capture the sensation of time and place so successfully that viewers feel they are observing the real thing. Her dipictions of interiors of famous landmarks in particular give the impression not only of being there, but months later, one can almost remember visiting the location. Her images seem to evoke a mass consciousness of a sense of familiarity with her subjects."
(Milena Katz, Writer, Parkhurst Exchange , Montreal, Nov 2006)
"In a relatively short period of time (Jennifer) has compiled a list of achievements that one would expect to see at the culmination of a forty to fifty year career as a successful artist and I am confident that her list of accomplishments will continue to grow in the future.
(Tim Packer, President, C.S.P.W.C., 2005)
"Many Artists are gifted, but few combine this with dedication, technical ability and the inventiveness an artist requires to continue to grow and evolve. Jennifer Annesley undoubtedly possesses all of these qualities...Her shows are must-sees for anyone interested in the art scene in general and painting in particular. Above all, I would point out the richness and command of technique, the tremendous ability to transcribe light and form, and the unique mood that Jennifer captures."
(Robert Lemay, Canadian Artist, 2003)
“All of the work submitted was by definition the best of Canadian watercolour painting”
(Virginia Eichhorn, Independant curator and writer, 2004)
“Few individuals are able to take a structure and turn it into much more than a faithful rendering. The work produced by Jennifer Annesley has its own moody soul. Beautifully drawn brilliantly focused by cast shadows and sweeping passages of light her vignettes of Canada’s historic interior are the product of unique, mature and I dare say, a significant artist.”
(Anthony J W Baton, MA BEd, Past President, CSPWC SCA, 2001)
"Both the Alberta members and the national jury were enthusiastic about the very high level of her artistic achievement..Jennifer has managed to push this difficult (watercolour) medium into a realm of sophistication and rich expression that few other artists ever achieve."
(B. Laycock, RCA, CSPWC, ASA, SCA 05/18/00)
"I was blown away by the work of Jennifer Annesley! Aside from her obvious technical excellence, her work has a wonderful enchanted quality..."
(L. Russworm, 06/00)
"It is not surprising that Annesley does well. Her enormous watercolours (some as large as 6 feet high) are unusually dramatic and vivid. And because they are well executed and realistic, they're just the ticket for corporations…"
(N. Abercrombie, Vue Weekly, Nov. 6/1997)
"Jennifer Annesley's way of seeing the world is a romantic one. The subjects and settings in her watercolour exhibition at the Virginia Christopher Galleries…are grand in scale and dignified with age"
(C. West, Calgary Sun, 10/5/1997)
"Thank you so much for doing the painting of my grandmother's homestead…It will be a real treasure for us for many years to come…"
"We are absolutely thrilled with all the artistic flair you have added to our home…We show off your art at every opportunity and everyone is so impressed, thank you again and again and again…"
"Jennifer, I still love my charcoal…madly"