Beaumont Studios interviews Jennifer Mitton for Crawl

Beaumont Studios just put up an interview with me for the Culture Crawl–Here it is, or go directly to Beaumont Studio

Accolades for Culture Crawl Artist—Interview for Beaumont Studios
Intrigued by repetition, rhythm, and pattern, Jennifer Mitton delights in recreating beauty on canvas. The splendor of this Tofino seascape at sunset ripples into exquisite configurations as the light dances through the ocean mist. “The natural environment is bursting with an explosion of luminous colour, and I’m always trying to capture that,” says the painter. And she prevails with this triangular interplay of resplendent complementaries in Evening Shore, Tofino. Jennifer beams with a quiet satisfaction as she reaches this pinnacle in her career. The calibre of her artwork has earned her Signature Status at the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Currently featured at the Federation’s Icon exhibition is the spectacular Crashing Surf. Jennifer elaborates, “What I loved about doing this painting was keeping the water cool with lovely blues and greens, and then adding the flashes of intense red where the darks meet the lights. Instantly the waves woke up!” The surf sparkles with an effervescent brilliance as it swells and surges in a passionate burst of excitement. The artist has truly outdone herself in crafting this iconic marvel.
Crashing Surf

Quicksilver Sky
What a pleasure it must be for Jennifer and her artist husband to jaunt over to Tofino and explore the magnificence of the Pacific coastline! “We’ve visited several times in the past five years,” she shares. “We sketch and paint ‘en plein air,’ sitting on the sand, with oil paints and watercolor.” The couple is blissfully engaged in a shared vocation on vacation. “It’s really wonderful to have someone to talk to about all of this,” reveals Jennifer. Back in the studio, she uses her sketches and selected reference photos to create yet another masterpiece, Quicksilver Sky. The atmospheric seascape in cyan, pink, and orange won second prize at the Federation’s recent Landscape exhibition. This is Jennifer’s sixth award for artistic excellence.

No stranger to accolades, Jennifer has also won prizes for her literary endeavors. A Period of Weakness in the collection of short stories, Sleeping with the Insane, is particularly humorous. The author’s dry wit and wild imagination will leave you in stitches. The story revolves around a young woman’s fascination with her figure-drawing instructor. In one ridiculous scene after another, the older man has his students fashion still-life drawings from various arrangements of women’s undergarments.

Equally comfortable with the ridiculous and the sublime, the author has delved into social commentary in her novel, Fadimatu, the story of a young Nigerian woman who struggles to maintain her integrity within a culturally constrictive environment. Goose Lane Editions describes the book as powerful, engrossing, richly textured, and revealing. Jennifer’s latest work of fiction, Bonjour Minuit, is a novel for young adults, written entirely in French. Not surprisingly, she both wrote and illustrated the book.

The multi-talented artist has achieved her success through drive and persistence. “It has been such a slow process,” she confides. “But I love learning.” Her academic training is extensive with multiple degrees in a plethora of disciplines: English Literature, French, Creative Writing, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Illustration, and Design. At the same time, Jennifer began attending ateliers with internationally renowned painters. She took the first one with Ted Seth Jacobs in France. Jacobs originally taught at the Arts Students League and then at his own school, L’Ecole Albert DeFois. He has been a major contributor to the revival of traditional drawing and painting.

The workshop marked a crossroads in Jennifer’s life. Not only was her future husband in attendance—and the second time around, they had baby Nell with them! —but she also gained access to the classical training required to advance her career. Jacobs underscored the need for drawing and painting from life. He schooled his students in the effects of light on form and the way we perceive color. He insisted that students use their eyes alone to measure and to understand the underlying structure of the human body and natural forms. Jennifer discloses, “For one thing, this kind of training means you don’t have to fret when the model moves, or the wind blows.” “The training was intensive,” she adds, “but now that I’ve got the skills down, I can paint in any style I like; I’m not tethered to realism or abstraction—I’m developing an impressionist style that continues to evolve. It’s all just so much fun.”

Why not drop by Octopus Studios at 393 Powell Street during the East Side Culture Crawl, November 19th – 22nd, to view Jennifer Mitton’s impressive collection of inspired artwork?

Shifting Sands, Tofino, 36x48 oil on canvas
The great Pacific Ocean carves ever-shifting rivulets on Chesterman Beach, Tofino. 36×48 oil on canvas

Quicksilver Sky, 2nd Prize from Federation

My painting “Quicksilver Sky, Tofino,” is on the larger side at 24 x 42″

Quicksilver Sky, Tofino, won 2nd Prize at the Landscape Show sponsored by the Federation of Canadian Artists.

Quicksilver Sky will be on display for the Culture Crawl, November 19-22 at my studio at Octopus Studios, 393 Powell St.

There is usually parking around Oppenheimer Park along Cordova, Powell, Dunlevy.


Crashing Surf, Icon Exhibition at FCA

Icon Exhibition Show: Crashing Surf by Jennifer Mitton1510icon_fca_crashingsurf_oiloncanvas36x48jmittonJennifer Mitton’s oil painting, Crashing Surf, has been juried into the Icon Exhibition Show going up Monday October 26, 2015 at the Federation Gallery on Granville Island.

What I loved about doing this painting was keeping the water cool with lovely blues and greens, and then adding the flashes of intense red where the darks meet the lights. Instantly the waves woke up!

I’m lucky–the show can only accomadate two paintings this large- 36×48″ has about 2 inches of clearance in our Echo.


Evening Shore, Tofino, oil on canvas 36×48″


Evening Shore, Tofino, oil on canvas, 36×48″

I learned to drive in a Datsun (manual gearshift) on Chesterman’s Beach when I was 15.

I love to go back there when I can. In the past 5 years I’ve visited Tofino many times with my artist husband Cyprian.

We sketch and paint plein air, sitting on the sand, and with oil paints and watercolor. Meanwhile we take many, many reference photos to finish ideas back in the studio.


I was at this very place, Chesterman’s Beach, however, none of my own photos caught this wave movement. That’s thanks to Bernard McManus, who kindly allowed me to use his photograph of the scene as reference material.

This painting will be on show at my studio, Octopus Studios, at 393 Powell St, Vancouver, during the Culture Crawl, Nov. 19-22

Evening Shore, Tofino
Evening Shore, Tofino



Chesterman’s Beach, Tofino, oil painting


A lovely patron at Arts Off Main Gallery, 28th at Main St. in Vancouver, recently purchased my 8×10 oil sketch of Chesterman’s Beach–you can see the silhouette of the Wickaninnish Hotel which was NOT THERE when I was 15 and my mother taught my friends and I to drive on that beach in our Datsun, a manual. And we camped on that beach. 3 teenage girls and my brave single mom.


Come to the Crawl, Nov. 19-22 2015, at 393 Powell St. to Octopus Studio’s to see Jennifer Mitton’s large painting of this scene.

Jennifer Mitton’s Stand-up Comedy at the Arts Club

Here are two comedy sketches I performed at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver, 2007, with the amazing troupe, Stand-up for Mental Health.

David Granirer–a pretty funny neurotic himself–taught us the basics and then we worked all year on jokes and performed around the lower Mainland, with a finale at the Arts Club in November. Fun, fun fun.