Jennifer Carlisle was born and raised in Northern California, and spent her youth exploring wooded hillsides and watching the sky for cloud forms, night stars, and the ever changing moon.
She received her formal training in Studio Art at the UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA at Santa Cruz, where she focused on painting. Graduating with honors in 1986, she adventured cross-country and settled in Princeton New Jersey. There through dumb-luck and good-connections, she landed a job working for 'star-chitect' (architect) Michael Graves, and began a design career alongside her journey as a painter. In 1990 she returned to California and UC Santa Cruz to complete a Graduate Certificate in Art teaching program.
Jennifer has taught art in California and Seattle Washington, where she has lived for many years. She has lived in the English countryside and in Italy, where she now has a home in rural Tuscany.
Life in the USA still provides essential perspective to her time living and painting in the Italian landscape, in a stone house older than time, and in a day dream where her most important painting research is spent exploring wooded hillsides and watching the sky for cloud forms, night stars, and the ever changing moon.