Jeannine Spooner Kitzhaber

As with many working adults, I commute to and from work. My sense of place is transitory. I spend much of my time moving through space, looking at land through the confines of GPS devices, computer screens, paper maps and my windshield. My artwork has become a way for me to make sense of my day; it is an exploration of the way I organize, perceive and compose my surroundings and space.

To capture the idea of travel, distance and time, my painting and drawing method involves a layering of mixed media processes built up on a surface. My work surfaces may be reminiscent of fabric or utilize grids that delineate property and as organizational schemes that reference art, architecture, design and geography. My work uses aspects of representational and abstract interpretations of land, blurring the line between perception and imagination. This correlation and fusion of concepts and processes are areas of interest in my work and relate to what I sense and feel intuitively during my travels. I begin all work with a concept and a direction I want to pursue, but rely on instinct to drive the work. This duality in work approaches gives me a desired course while allowing for the unexpected, much like travel.

I teach painting, drawing, art seminar, senior exhibition and design foundation classes for the University of WI-River Falls. My husband and I live in the Twin Cities and have three daughters and two rescue dogs. My studio is in the historic Northrup King Building and I open my door during Art-A-Whirl and Art-Attack. I earned a BFA in 1995 and an MFA in 2000, both with major emphasis in Painting and Drawing from the University of MN-Twin Cities.