Jennifer Fairbanks was raised in Western Kentucky. In 1994 she received her Bachelor’s degree from Murray State University with an emphasis on painting and ceramics. During this time she also began to pursue training in classical painting techniques with portrait artist Joy Thomas. This interest led her to New York, where she was able to relocate in 1998 through a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. Jennifer studied figurative and portrait painting with Ron Sherr and Mary Beth McKenzie at the Art Students Leaugue and the National Academy of Design. In 2003 she received her Master’s degree from New York University in Art Therapy. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows in New York, Kentucky and Spain. After eleven years in New York City, Jennifer decided to return to her hometown of Murray to open a gallery and private studio concentrating on contemporary figurative art with an emphasis on traditional techniques.