Jennifer Woolcock Schwartz studied art at the Ontario College of Art and the School of Visual Arts. Her work is multidisciplinary. She creates abstract paintings on linen, multi-media installations, and mixed media work on paper. Her paintings and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work has been reviewed in local and national publications. She is also the recipient of an NEA grant. Color is the defining element in her paintings. Beginning in the 1990s, she developed an ongoing interest in using color to affect mood and to create an illusion of movement across a two-dimensional surface. Her influences are color field painting and minimalism.
In the 1980s she took a short hiatus from pursuing a career in art and began studying film at New York University’s School of Continuing Education, co-producing and co-directing a documentary film shown on PBS in 1981. The film, Louie, was featured in the New York Times television section and reviewed in regional publications. She went on to study at the T. Schreiber Studio and the Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute. Her installations enable her to collaborate with actors, musicians, writers and programmers, and to combine painting with the internet, virtual worlds, and video. She has used skills learned while studying film and theater to satirically portray in two installations – Absolutely Fashionable and My Perfect Body – the disturbing ways in which mass media affect how women view themselves in popular culture.
Drawing is an integral part of her work and is either experimental and of the moment, or the first step towards creating a painting or installation. She works chiefly on watercolor and printmaking paper with a variety of media: pastel, crayon, oil stick, and ink as well as creating drawings on the computer which are then digitally printed.