Jennifer was born in Scotland in 1961. Some of her earliest memories are a painting with her Granny Smith at the family farm in rural Perthshire. Agnes Smith was a gifted artist who exhibited in juried shows. She gave Jennifer a love of painting and an awareness of looking at things carefully. Growing up Jennifer was rarely without a sketchbook or paint.
Jennifer graduated from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh as an occupational therapist in 1982. She has incorporated art therapeutically in the areas of mental health and palliative care throughout her career. Jennifer came to Canada in 1984 when she married her husband, Stuart.
Jennifer started to sell her work in 1992 in Paris, Ontario. Watercolour was her medium until 2009, when she was introduced to needle felting. It was love at first sight. She continues to experiment and have fun with wool. She describes her work as “Woolscapes”, landscapes created with wool. They have also been described as felted paintings as the end result does look like a painting. Jennifer has exhibited in Canada and in Scotland. Her work is in private collections in the UK, Canada and Australia. Her work can also be found in her home, Woolscapes Gallery in Paris.