I was born Jennifer Jowett in 1955 and drawing horses as soon as I could hold a pencil, so I was told! Having an innate passion for horses but being deprived of their presence impelled me to study and draw them throughout my growing years. Thus I developed skills of observation and a striving for accuracy of form and emotional feeling in my 2 drawings and paintings.
I sold my first drawings in a little country1-2 teacher primary school, and later was within the top 10 art students in the 1973 NSW Higher School Certificate, but instead of going to Art School in Sydney (I did not want to be forced to paint contemporary art!) I chose a General Primary teaching career, and soon bought my first horse. This career which was cut short by marriage, then ill health (MS) and raising 4 children, although through it all I kept painting, selling and winning numerous awards but that marriage ended in 1996.
My early paintings were mostly landscapes and horses, painted in acrylic. Then in 1985 I discovered soft pastels, a medium being so very close to drawing that I had an immediate affinity with it. I found it especially suitable for horses, and portraits of both animals and people. I have enjoyed doing a few watercolours, although I have yet to explore this medium fully.
In December 2000 I married Ron Marshall. We’d met in an art gallery and had been painting similar subjects- landscapes, horses and Australian history. Ron, an ex-sign-writer had studied the techniques of the Old masters (Rembrandt, Ruben...) and I learned a lot about the different qualities and applications of paint from him. We did a series of paintings about Mount Britton an old gold-mining town, after being introduced to its fascinating history through work commissioned by Nebo shire Council. He also introduced me to painting in oils.
In 2005 Ron wanted to paint the Australian Light Horse, a subject I had been totally ignorant of, but I was so moved by these true and fascinating stories that I felt compelled to paint them. I have concentrated on researching and painting these stories ever since (www.lighthorseart.com.au).It is a very time consuming but worthwhile project and I have entered almost no Art prizes since embarking on this journey.
Ron and I have exhibited our Light Horse paintings annually at the Emu Gully Air and Spectacular from 2009 – 2013, and in the LEST WE FORGET exhibition in Morpeth Gallery from 2013 – 2017. Our work has been used in books magazines, ANZAC memorials, and Memorabilia featuring the Charge of Beersheba.
The Limited Edition Silver Medallion (www.militaryshop.com) was featured on the Certificate to Commemorate the Charge of Beersheba in 1917, and presented to the Prime Ministers of Australia, Israel and the Governor-General of New Zealand at the opening of the ANZAC Memorial Centre in Be’er-Sheva, Israel on 31 October 2017 by the Mayor of Be’er-Sheva.
In 2017 I and Military artist Ian Coate co-judged the Inaugral Harry Bell Memorial Art Prize to commemorate the Charge of Beersheba (http://beersheba100.com.au/schools/art-competition-winners-2017.html#!image001)
In October 2018 we will be having an exhibition of our Light Horse paintings in Aawun Gallery, Canberra.
Exhibitions- Joint with Ron Marshall
2017 June “Light Horse Art” Tabulum, Centenary Commemoration of Chauvel & the Light Horse
2017 April “Lest We Forget” Morpeth Gallery, Morpeth NSW
2016 April“Lest We Forget” Morpeth Gallery, Morpeth NSW
2015 April“Lest We Forget” Morpeth Gallery, Morpeth NSW
2014 April“Lest We Forget” Morpeth Gallery, Morpeth NSW
2013 April“Lest We Forget” Morpeth Gallery, Morpeth NSW
2013 “Australian Light Horse” Emu Gully Air and Land Spectacular
2012 “Australian Light Horse” Emu Gully Air and Land Spectacular
2011 "Australian Light Horse" Emu Gully Emu Gully Air and Land Spectacular
2010 "Australian Light Horse" Emu Gully Emu Gully Air and Land Spectacular
2009 "Australian Light Horse" Emu Gully Emu Gully Air and Land Spectacular
2008 “Australian Horses” Monto Light Horse Memorial Reunion & Re-enactment, Monto Showground
2007 “Hoofbeats, History, Waves & Wilderness” Warwick Regional Art Gallery, Warwick
2007 “The Australian Light Horse” Mudgeeraba Military Tatoo & Light Horse Tournament
2007 “The Australian Light Horse” Queensland Mounted Infantry Historical Troop 20th Anniversary, Gaythorne
2006 “The Australian Light Horse” Monto Light Horse Reunion & Re-enactment, Monto Showground
2005“Hoofbeats, History, Waves & Wilderness” Old Town Hall, Mackay
2005 “Australian Horses” Monto Light Horse Memorial Reunion & Re-enactment, Monto Showground
2003 “The Mount Britton Collection"- ongoing. Nebo Shire Museum Courthouse Gallery-
2018 “HISTORY of WAR Britain’s Best Military Magazine”Issue 50,Front Cover, p4, p26-27
2017 “ALHA Centennial Tour Guide” Barry Rogers
2017 “800 Horsemen” Col Stringer, 8 images.
2015 “Perseverance, Profanity and a Pot of Grease” Maureen carter Front cover
2016 "The ANZAC CALL" by Jill Curry, front cover design & 2 images
2016 Australian Artists "Back To Basics" magazine Issue 5_4 2016 Woodlands publishing (5 page article, 4 page demonstration)
2015 "Young Men For The Cause" by James Jury p.15, 35, 42, 44
2015 “Spirit of ANZAC" by Col Stringer, images on p.70, 96,135,
2 014 “Art of The Australian SAS" book by SASR Historical Foundation, “Donkey Insertion” p.97
2014 “SPUR”Official Light Horse Association Magazine April, feature article “The Marshall’s – Australia’s premier Light Horse artists” by Barry Rogers. p. 24, 25.
2013 "FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES" book - award-winning bush poetry by Kym Eitell,Front Cover, p. 74, 76, 78.
2013 "Australian Artist's Palette", No119 magazine, Woodlands publishing Front cover, 5 page article, 4 page demonstration)
2011 Art Horse magazine, Issue12.(USA) Feature article "Far from Ordinary - the art of Jennifer Marshall" by Lyn Raff. p.15 - 26
2010 “Spirit of The Light Horse” book, Col Stringer, Front cover, p. 1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 33, 49, 53, 83, Back cover.
2010 Ex Arte Equinus 4 Book Images from International Art Competition of ArtHorse magazine 3rd Place “Turning In The Lucerne”
2010 ArtHorse Magazine Issue No. 10 p. 59 3rd Place “Turning In The Lucerne”
2009 Horses In Art (USA); magazine Winter 2009 (Front cover & feature article “Jennifer Marshall From the Australian Outback” by Sarah H. Crompton p.3, 14, 15.
2009 Horses In Art (USA); magazine Spring 2009, p28 (winner cover competition)
2008 "Ex Arte Equinus 2", 2008-2009, Images from International Art Competition of ArtHorse magazine, 8th place p21, 45.
2007 Ex Arte Equinus 2007-8 Images from International Art Competition of ArtHorse magazine, p. 16, 56
2002 "The Slab Hut Cookbook and Tales of Historic Nebo"- Nebo Museum Front cover, p.14,15,40