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Jennifer Taranto was born Melbourne 1957 and first discovered her passion for painting at 8 years of age. She studied at Brighton and Prahran Technical Colleges in Melbourne.
In 1980 Jennifer moved to the far north of NSW where she worked doing illustrations for screen printing and started illustrating children’s and botanical books including
In 1988 she returned to Melbourne and continued to illustrate books. She also worked for a graphic arts studio doing designs for tourism and marketing.
In 1989 Jennifer had her 1st Solo Show at the Watermark Gallery in Elwood.
In 1991 she worked for the Performing Arts Museum in Melbourne, painting sets. She also worked with the National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne and continued illustrating books for Macmillan’s, Reeds and Rigby’s Publishers.
In 1999 she moved to the Adelaide Hills where she exhibited with the Hahndorf Academy; SALA – the South Australian living Artists and Driden Fine Arts in McLaren Vale.
In 2002, Jennifer returned to Melbourne, working with various galleries, participated in the Art of Botanical Illustration 6th Biennial Exhibition at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne and taking private commissions. In 2003, she travelled for 3 months in Europe returning to do solo shows in late 2003 and 2004.
Working in all mediums, Jennifer’s subject matter ranges from botanical to landscape, and abstract to illustration (of Australian Wildlife). She also designs for clothing and commercial products.
Her works are sold nationally and internationally.
2006 Melbourne Watercolour Show - Without Pier Gallery
2007 Solo Exhibition - Without Pier Gallery
2008 Solo Exhibition - Without Pier Gallery
2009 Shared Exhibition - Without Pier Gallery
2010 Melbourne Watercolour Show - Without Pier Gallery.
2010 The Art of Botanical Illustration - Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
2010 Our Melbourne, My Victoria Show - Without Pier Gallery.
2010 Small Works Christmas Show - Without Pier Gallery. 2011 Melbourne Watercolour Show - Without Pier Gallery.
2011 Private Commission - Trompe L'eoile
2012 Melbourne Watercolour Show - Without Pier Gallery.
2012 Group Boat Show - Without Pier Gallery.
2012 The Art of Botanic Illustration - Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.