REPRESENTATIONAL FINE ART
My portfolio contains figures/portraits, landscapes/plein air, pets, still life and wildlife paintings.
Jody Gerber is a fine artist and currently resides in the desert of Utah. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach, California. She also earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, from Dixie State University. Jody is a national award-winning artist and is involved in the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. As an undergraduate, Jody did a study abroad in Rome, Italy. This solidified her love of art and desire to continuously study which has impacted the process, content, and direction of her work.
A passion for life and art compels me to use representational paintings as a form of communication. This visual message informs, without relying on words, as it expresses ideas and emotions. My inspiration comes from the places I call home, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest desert, and the California coast. Inspired by the Realism art movement of the 19th century, I prefer to depict my subjects in a natural environment.
The grace of God’s creations deeply affects my work. Whether it be the crashing of waves or the warm setting sun, I am drawn to these moments of inspiration. While spending time in nature, I wish to gather all that my senses can take in. The human figure is an ongoing focus. Studying this complex subject matter teaches me to see angles and colors that I did not notice previously. As the features of each human vary, so does their soul. My job is to decipher that feeling and transform it into a painting. Using figurative realism, I portray the subject organically, leaving the interpretation up to the viewer based on their own experiences. For me, using painting as a language is a meaningful way to communicate a message.