About Jennifer

About Jennifer Gardiner

Jennifer Gardiner is an author, illustrator, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is also a partner in her family’s agricultural businesses. Jennifer is known for her unique artistic talents and design flair. She spent many years in her church’s children’s ministry, encouraging children to use their imaginations to draw and paint without inhibition. Jennifer’s passion for telling stories through her art has led her to write and illustrate her first children’s book. Inspired by her grandchildren, she hopes to share imaginative stories of life as seen through the eyes of young children.

A Few Words From The Artist

“I grew up in a smaller city in Central California called Bakersfield where I first became interested in athletics and became a swim instructor at a local pool. I also married my high school sweetheart and we’ve been together for over 40 years. I feel so blessed. My love of art and creative writing has been a part of my soul since I was a young girl. My calling, in those early years, was helping other peoples’ artistic dreams come to life. If they could imagine it, I could bring it to life. This creative ambition and ability lead to the start of my business, Jennifer’s Designs. For years, I enjoyed working on many art projects including large high school and church murals, props, stage backdrops, and special events. I also enjoyed being a resident artist in several school districts.”

What People Are Saying

Jen has such a huge heart and a passion for art and communicating and sharing that passion with others is such a special ability. Jennifer has always been such an enormous source of encouragement for myself and it brings me so much joy to see her follow her dreams of becoming an author and illustrator.

Rachel Long - Artist, Co-Owner

What People Are Saying

Jen taught me valuable techniques like outlining, shading, and texturizing. These skills have become foundational in helping me continue on this path of using my creative talents in different settings. Jen taught me to think outside of the box and not be limited by normal restraints…Because of the foundational skills that Jen taught me, I have gone on to mural 3 preschools, multiple wall displays, sets, props, and so much more.

Jason Buss - Associate Pastor of Music

What People Are Saying

Jennifer has volunteered countless hours for our church as an artist. Her giant murals decorate the walls of our children’s building. Her art is whimsical and fun for all ages including adults who are still children at heart. Jennifer is not only a talented artist but is an extraordinary woman whose gentle and humble spirit is apparent to all who know her.

Roger Spradlin - Senior Pastor

What People Are Saying

Jennifer,

It was a true delight to have you come to Grace. We love your book and can’t wait for the next two! Our turkeys look so cute hanging on our window. We would love for you to stop by anytime. Blessings and Grace, Catherine.

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Catherine & The Grace Family

What People Are Saying

What a joy and blessing it was to have this talented author & illustrator in our 5th Grade classroom. All students were completely engage during the entire presentation. Jennifer’s interaction with the children was positive and encouraging, and Mrs. Gardiner has a special knack for connecting and engaging with everyone in the class room. Her detailed description of her writing and illustrating process made it possible for them to understand the importance of how illustrations will make the story flow.

Ms. Baker, 5th grade School teacher

What People Are Saying

Working with Ms. Jennifer at Sprouts in the garden was such a fun experience for my 3 yr old son! Not only was she wonderfully warm and encouraging to all of the “sprouts”, her art activities were creative yet challenging, and a lot of laughter was had during each experience at the garden! She created an environment that was welcoming to all, and children felt free to express themselves through her chosen art. My son continues to play with the pieces he created and I love to see his continued growth in creative play. Thank you, Jennifer!

Ms. Kelly

What People Are Saying

I’ve known Jennifer Gardiner for over 40 years! She is an amazing woman, full of talent, fun, and a true
lover of life! She is one of the most artistic people I know. She has spent most of her life creating colorful
and fascinating art full of joy and love for her family, friends, and church. When I heard that she wrote
her first book, I was thrilled for her to combine two of her wonderful gifts and share what is in her beautiful heart. It was a great honor to have her visit my High School Special Needs classroom this year. The students were so excited to have her teach an art lesson. She displayed true patience and thoroughly enjoyed spending the morning watching my students complete a project. To top off the visit, she sat and read her book and shared the fun pictures with the class. I hope to have her return to visit again soon! We also look forward to reading her new book and many more to come in the years ahead. Congratulations on your success, Jenny Jen!
Marti Roberts, Special Education Teacher

What People Are Saying

Few people are blessed with creativity, storytelling, and the ability to help others heal. Jennifer Gardiner is one of those special people. At our Hear Art Camp, she connected and facilitated healing through creativity and emotional expression with over 30 children and teens that had recently lost a loved one. Through integration of art on canvas and storytelling each child was able to create a one of a kind personal art piece that told their OWN story. There is something so impactful in the way this art empowered each child through color and self-expression. We are forever grateful to Jennifer for sharing her passion and kind spirit with those in need at Hoffmann Hospice’s Heart Art Camp!
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Beth Hoffmann, Director and Founder of Hoffmann Hospice

What People Are Saying

Jennifer engages young people to dream big! “Do something you’ve never imagined you could do” is her inspirational message.
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 Jayme Hodel, teacher

What People Are Saying

Students are intrigued as Jennifer retells her story- prompting the audience to think, “Aha! Did that really happen?” Opening a world of imagination and discovery, Jennifer captivates her audience.
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Paula Cowan, Administrator

What People Are Saying

Jennifer Gardiner’s creative contributions for the Edible Schoolyard Kern County has spanned from art installations in our kitchen classroom to teaching our students in our Sprouts in the Garden Program. She has a beautiful way of mending her passion for art to a thoughtful way of teaching students creativity and artistic expression. I look forward to every time we get to work with Jennifer as all of her work is simply amazing.
Dylan Wilson, Program Manager

What People Are Saying

Your art in the studio party was absolutely perfect! Also, your humor, beauty, and instruction was captivating! It’s an HONOR working with you. Thanks for always supporting CASA!  Your husband was also so hospitable, pouring people wine and making sure the guests had cake! Everyone bonded too! Even the men loved the class!!! – Marlene Morales

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Marlene Morales

What People Are Saying

“Me and my girlfriends had so much at Jennifer’s Art Night. We laughed, and laughed, and laughed as we tried to paint our boards, nibble on food, sip wine, and follow Jennifer’s easy-to-follow instructions.
Now we are sharing our stories with others and can’t wait for another class.” – Maria Piceno
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Maria Piceno

What People Are Saying

“Jennifer’s art class was great!  I consider myself to be an ‘artistically challenged’ person so I didn’t expect good results. We learned some fundamentals of painting and I walked out felling like I had done a good job with my project. Jennifer was fun, engaging, and I could tell everyone in the room was having a good time!
Overall it was a very enjoyable event and a fun evening! Thank you Jennifer!” – Chris Towery
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Chris Towery