Is it possible to pinpoint when straight and curved lines were invented? The contours of ancient rock paintings give us organic lines and line is evident in the motifs of early Greek vessels and Egyptian Funerary art. Renaissance artists were lauded for their invention of perspective, a system contrived of straight lines that extend to infinity. Modernists isolated and formalized gestural line as subject. I strive to extend this conversation by painstakingly mixing and repeatedly laying down up to 100 gradients of color in my attempts to contemporize line.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours - Saturday, October 13

Please join me when I open my studio Saturday, Oct. 13 from Noon to 6pm. This is my fifth year at the Crane Old School and in honor of this milestone, for the first time ever, I'm offering a discount of 30% on all paintings in my studio through October 14. This includes my very affordable works on paper. If you can't make it to POST, you're welcome to schedule a private studio visit and shipping is available. Adult refreshments and beverages will be available. Many studios and galleries will be open at the Crane Old School and Crane Arts. I hope to see you there! For more information: and


"Arrangement" and "Insomnia" at the Delaware ContemporaryI'

I'm honored to announce that Arrangement and Insomnia were selected by Michael Kalmbach for "Strong Lines" at the Delaware Contemporary with esteemed, regional artists Brian Conaty, Phyllis Gorsen, Suzy Kopf, and Gregg Morris.  Please join us for the opening reception May 4, 5-9pm.  Exhibition continues through July 28, 2018.  You can read the press release and learn more about the Delaware Contemporary here:

Arrangement,  Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 2017

Arrangement, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 2017

"One Eyed Fiona" selected for "Dig"


One Eyed Fiona, Oil and Graphite on Linen, 60 x 48 in, 2014

I'm happy to announce that "One Eyed Fiona" will be exhibited in "Dig" at the Hamilton Street Gallery in Bound Brook, New Jersey from March 18 to April 26.  "One Eyed Fiona" was awarded an honorable mention by Lydia Panas in the GoggleWorks 2016 Annual Juried Exhibition.  It is a part of the "Darkness Project" and it represents some of my earlier explorations in abstraction.


Transforming Jazz - A Visual Journey - Art Gallery at City Hall


Havana to Key West, Oil on Linen, 36 x 24 inches, 2017

I'm excited to announce that juror, Leroy Johnson, selected "Havana to Key West" and "0078" to be a part of "Transforming Jazz - A Visual Journey" in the gallery at Philadelphia City Hall to celebrate Jazz Week.  The exhibit will be open March 28 to May 4, 2018. 

In "Havana to Key West," I strive to simultaneously subvert the seascape and linear abstraction.  The catalyst for this piece was digital music composed by musician and art theorist, Janet Brooks.  Janet's digital compositions include jazz and latin components that I visualized and transformed into line for "Havana to Key West."  While Janet's song is titled, "Havana to New York," my painting is informed by my childhood experiences of visiting relatives in the Florida Keys and hearing tales of travel to Cuba prior to the travel restrictions imposed by the United States Government in 1963.  

Introducing "Variable"

"Variable" is my most recent, 48 x 48 inch, oil painting on canvas.  "Variable" is comprised of a single, continuous line that changes color and connects back to itself.  Variable is concerned with the divisions of the canvas and variations within them.  To make these paintings, I mix 80+ colors that I arrange in close gradations on my palette.  Next, I lay the colors down next to each other, on the canvas, one brush stroke or line segment at a time, carefully judging where the colors are going.  The objective is to line the colors up strategically on the canvas so that the hues alternate, pop, and eventually connect back to the same color.  

"Variable," Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48 Inches, 2017

"Text" on view at Crane Arts

You still have time to see my solo show, "Progression" at Crane Arts.  Contact me for a private appointment.

In the painting, Text, 2017, we get a sense of this circuitry and networks of communication. The single meandering line here changes over in subtle gradations from teal and lime green to bright yellow that transitions to orange and then to hot pink.
— Jennifer Zarro, Phd



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