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Jennifer Bec Hirshfield

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Jennifer Bec Hirshfield
Redwood City, California, United States
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🏫 EducationUniversity of California, Davis, San Francisco State University
💼 Occupation
Known forPainting, Sculpture, Drawing
MovementBay Area Figurative Movement, American Figurative Expressionism, Abstract expressionism
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Jennifer Bec Hirshfield (born 1965, USA) is a Sonoma County-based figurative artist. She works with acrylics, oil and mixed media.

Early life and education[edit]

Hirshfield was born in Redwood City and raised in California by a family of scientists highly supportive of her artistic exploration in the liberal arts. She holds a BA from University of California, Davis in 1987, where she studied painting and sculpture under renowned Bay Area Figurative Movement artists such as Manuel Neri, Roland Peterson, and Squeak Carnwath, who heavily influenced her creative approach. She continued her education with post-graduate work at San Francisco State.


Jennifer Bec Hirshfield is a California, Bay Area Figurative Artist - a narrative painter known for her rich, colorful paintings that capture humanity's connection with nature.

In her paintings, Hirshfield uses a heavy hand to apply paint, creating a sense of movement and energy in her work. Her subject matter is often drawn from her own experiences with nature, using color to create a sense of depth, evoke emotions, and make her paintings feel energetic and alive. Her process for creating a painting starts with a connection to the subject matter, often people or animals interacting with nature. She works with a variety of media and different types of paint, to create a multilayered effect.

Mindfulness plays a crucial role in Hirshfield's painting process, as she allows herself to be fully present in the moment and focus on the energy of her subjects. Her use of color is important to creating a dynamic and harmonious composition, and she often uses an unconventional palette. Nature is a central theme in Hirshfield's art, and she captures the beauty and importance of its' preservation. In her paintings, figures often play a role as they interact with the environment, reflecting her own experiences and connection to nature.

Hirshfield has been called a 'Daughter' of Bay Area Figurative Movement artists. She is known for her abstracted human figure paintings, featuring complex layers of acrylics, oils or mixed media. Despite their grandeur, Hirshfield's figures often carry a diffidence, a curtailment in expression that is compensated for in movement. "Figures often appear in my paintings as a way to connect with humanity's relationship with nature. I find that the presence of people or animals in a landscape adds a sense of scale and helps to convey a story. I like to depict figures in moments of interaction with their environment, whether it be through quiet contemplation or a more active engagement. The use of figures allows me to explore the theme of mindfulness and the human connection to the natural world, which is at the heart of my artistic vision."

In many of Hirshfield's paintings, figures are shown in meditative or contemplative positions, while others are a reflection of her life experiences and political point of view, her passion for women's rights and her understanding of humanity's need to connect.

Throughout her career, Jennifer Bec Hirshfield has received critical acclaim for her work, with many collectors recognizing the energy and movement in her paintings. Her work has been shown in galleries across the United States and is part of numerous private and public collections.


Hirshfield has instructed student workshops in Sonoma County California at Gallery-300where she has a permanent exhibit, and the Sebastopol Center For The Arts.

Select Exhibitions[edit]

2023 “Works of Heart”, Sebastopol Center For the Arts, Sebastopol, CA[1]

2022 “Through Her Eyes”, Gallery 300, Sebastopol, CA[2]

2022 “Form and Function”, Gallery 300, Sebastopol, CA[3]

2022 “Art Miami”, Aqua Hotel, Miami, FL[4]

2021 “New York Affordable Art Fair”, NY, NY[5]

2017 “Hineni...Here I Am”, The Basement Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA[6]

2014 "Beings That We Love", Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, University of California, Davis, CA[7]

2014 "Person, Place or Thing", The Christie Marks Gallery, Healdsburg, CA[8]

2013 "Release", Dominican University, San Rafael, CA[9]

2009 "What a Relief", John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA[10]

2008 "Figurative Beings", John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA[11]

Selected Public Collections[edit]

In 2013 Hirshfield was commissioned to paint a series of large scale acrylic paintings at the new Sutter Breast Cancer Center on permanent exhibit at Sutter Hospital at 30 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.[12]


  1. Donna, Waldman. "Works of Heart". Better Unite. Better Unite. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  2. "Through Her Eyes". Gallery 300. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  3. "Form and Function". Gallery 300. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  4. Art, Miami. "Art Miami 2022". Aqua Art Miami. Art Miami. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  5. Art Fair, Affordable. "2022 Spring NY Affordable Art Fair". Affordable Art Fair. Affordable Art Fair. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  6. Ally, Overbay (March 13, 2017). "Davis alumna presents art exhibit inspired by women's rights" (March 2017). University of California, Davis. The California Aggie. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  7. Buehler, Walter. "Beings That We Love". Our Aggie Network. University of California, Davis. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  8. Marks, Christie. "Person, Place or Thing". Christie Marks Gallery. Christie Marks. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  9. Gardner, Sarah (October 2013). "Art Exhibition at Alemany Library Celebrates Diversity" (448). Dominica University. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  10. Natsoulas, John. "What a Relief - Sculptured Paintings". John Natsoulas Gallery. John Natsoulas. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  11. Natsoulas, John. "Figurative Beings". John Natsoulas Gallery. John Natsoulas. Retrieved 3 February 2023.
  12. MCCONAHEY, Meg (September 29, 2016). "Twenty years later, Santa Rosa breast cancer survivor turns advocate". The Press Democrat. Retrieved 3 February 2023.

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