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Jennifer McRae studied painting at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen from 1987-1992 and received a First Class Degree in Fine Art.
In 2002 Jennifer moved to London after being offered a bursary place on the Drawing Year at the Prince’s Drawing School. Over the years she has received awards from the BP Portrait Award, the Hunting Art Prizes, the Singer Friedlander and Kaupthing Watercolour prizes, the Morrison Scottish Portrait award and most recently the Worshipful Society of Painter Stainers.
In 2008 she was the first Prize Winner in the RWS Sunday Times Watercolour competition and was also for the third time a Prize Winner at the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition held at Mall Galleries in February 2013.
In May 2014, she won the Ondaatje Gold Medal, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and was Artist in Residence in 2015 at the Carnegie Club, Skibo Castle, Dornoch (courtesy of AIR residencies)
Jennifer creates work that combines reality with imagination, working from life while adhering to her own sense of detail and design. In turn this feeds her inspirations regarding her commissioned portraits, opening up contemporary possibilities to reflect the sitter’s world.