Born in Western Australia, Jenny Buchanan had no idea she was an artist until she was in her thirties. In 1996, while still living in Perth, Jenny enrolled in a painting class at the local community leisure centre and soon began producing work worthy of being framed. Encouraged by the teacher to start exhibiting her work in local art competitions, Jenny began selling her work in 1997 and also became a member of the Wanneroo Art Society. In 1999 she won the Northam Art Prize Popular Choice Award and Best Oil/Acrylic at the City of Bayswater Acquisitive art prize. Regular sales continued and a Highly Commended award at the York Art Society’s annual exhibition followed in 2000. In 2001 Jenny participated in her first gallery exhibition, along with four other artists, at Accent Gallery in Subiaco.
After moving to the Gold Coast in 2002, other commitments meant that Jenny was unable to devote any time to her art until 2007. At this time, her artistic endeavours took on a different form. After some success with her Japanese-themed paintings, including becoming a finalist in Australian Artist Magazine’s Art Prize Challenge No. 33, Jenny began creating mosaics. Sales came mostly from the local markets and through word of mouth. Her first attempt at a mosaic mural was purchased by the Gold Coast City Council and now hangs as a public work of art at Burleigh beachfront.
Since 2009 Jenny has been travelling and living in Hawaii, during which time she was studying, as well as continuing to paint and sell her work. Returning to Australia in 2011, Jenny has now settled on the Tweed Coast in New South Wales. Since then her time has been spent working on private commissions in both paintings and mosaics, as well as trying to build up a collection of new works. Jenny intends to remain in Australia for the foreseeable future, working full-time on furthering her art career.