Artist

Jennifer Ross
St. Charles, Illinois

Jennifer Ross grew up surrounded by the art of her mother and grandfather. Her attempt to follow in their footsteps presented detours, however, and she ended up working in art galleries selling other’s work. But her desire to paint continued to grow throughout the years. In 2008, a gift certificate to a local art store turned into an epiphany when she decided to try painting. Jennifer found inspiration in a collection of antique prints of birds’ nests and eggs by the English artist, F.O. Morris, and began to create an avian series. These paintings serve as symbolic family portraits of what we all hold dear - our home and loved ones. Today, she is often commissioned to paint various colored eggs representing patrons' family members.

Artist and Customer Comments


Jennifer Ross 12/30/2015 | 9:53 AM

You are so welcome! I feel so much peace when I am painting. It is so wonderful to share that with you through this piece.

C Condiotti 12/29/2015 | 10:25 PM

I just bought "Secrets of the Nest." I love all nature, and I love to have it around me. I fell in love with your painting, looking at it, soothes my soul. Thank you for that.

commentsThe Bird Waits in the Egg #5
GH purchased this artwork. 11/30/2015 | 3:39 PM

I'm so happy to have this lovely, thoughtful piece in my home- many thanks!

Jennifer Ross 9/11/2015 | 8:43 AM

Yeah!! Thanks for letting me know about "Nest On A Silver Lining". I think the eggs on that painting are some of the best I've painted.

commentsNest on a Silver Lining
J Munzer purchased this artwork. 9/10/2015 | 7:51 PM

Love the painting!

Jennifer Ross 8/1/2015 | 8:20 PM

I am so thrilled that you love the painting!! And thank you for taking the time to let me know. I consider that painting my "masterpiece" so far.

P McTaggart 8/1/2015 | 5:27 PM

been meaning to write you for months after purchasing "made by mysterious birds". I am continuously dazzled by its simple complexity, mysterious beauty and depth. Soooooo glad I bought.

Jennifer Ross 3/23/2015 | 1:09 PM

I'm so glad "Snowbird's Nest" found a great home with you!

A Lombardo 3/23/2015 | 11:08 AM

Jennifer I purchased "Snowbird's Nest" I received it today and just wanted to tell you I absolutely love it! It is just beautiful! More so in person! Thank you so much. I love your work.

A Lombardo 2/26/2015 | 2:33 PM

That would be great. Thank you.

Jennifer Ross 2/26/2015 | 1:44 PM

Let me check with my local framer, who does my custom canvases, about how quickly she can do the 15"x 15"

commentsNest on Blue Velvet-Indigo Bunting
A Lombardo 2/26/2015 | 11:49 AM

Jennifer I think 15x15 would be perfect for the space I have. I really like the nest and eggs in Cardinal's Blessing" I love everything about Cardinal Blessing But just would want blue background. Any idea on cost for 15x15, and 6 to 8 weeks would be the time frame? Thank you

Jennifer Ross 2/26/2015 | 10:08 AM

The 16"x 16" size is a "standard" canvas, the next smaller size in a square format would be 14"x 14" or 12"x 12". I could have a custom sized canvas stretched if you wanted a 15"x 15". If there's part of "Cardinal's Blessing" you really like, I could incorporate those elements into your painting on the blue background. Have you had a chance to check out the info on the commission process on the website?

A Lombardo 2/26/2015 | 9:08 AM

I love the 16x16 Cardinal's blessing, the colors are absolutely beautiful of the nest and eggs love the red background but just would not go with where I want the painting, so 16x16 or even a bit smaller. Beautiful work I love it! Thank you.

Jennifer Ross 2/26/2015 | 8:46 AM

Absolutely! What size are you thinking?

A Lombardo 2/26/2015 | 8:00 AM

Love "Nest on Blue Velvet-Indigo any chance of making it on a smaller canvas?

Jennifer Ross 1/17/2014 | 8:34 AM

Thank you for letting me know! Since my paintings are about "home" it means a lot to me know they've found a new one.

R Bonin 1/17/2014 | 1:16 AM

Hi Jennifer! Your print "The Exact Temperature of a Cardinal's Nest" has found a home in my office at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Thank you for making such lovely art!

P Palmer 11/10/2012 | 6:47 PM

I really like your paintings.

Jennifer Ross 10/6/2011 | 9:02 AM

I'm so glad you love it!! That is a very special painting (it is the first one that I used the "eggshell-ing" technique on) and it sounds like it has found a very happy home with you.

commentsThe Good Egg
S Ratigan purchased this artwork. 10/5/2011 | 9:48 AM

This painting is the first thing you see when you enter the house. The colors are great and it makes you smile and think at the same time. Attractive to the eye and the mind. And people compliment it all the time. We Love it.

Jennifer Ross 7/12/2011 | 4:44 PM

Hello, I am working on a couple new pieces with the nests seen from above. Are you still interested? Do you have a preference in the number of eggs?

Jennifer Ross 7/7/2011 | 9:45 AM

You're welcome. Just let us know...

J Long 7/7/2011 | 9:26 AM

That's the one! Thanks.

Jennifer Ross 7/7/2011 | 9:12 AM

I recently took a couple pieces off the site to display them in a local gallery. Could it be "To Guard Thy Nest" with a female red winged blackbird watching over her nest with three eggs? It would still be available through Ugallery...Thank you for inquiring!

J Long 7/7/2011 | 8:51 AM

You had a painting called something like "to thy nest" and it seems to have disappeared from the site. Do you still have it?

Jennifer Ross 4/21/2011 | 9:34 PM

Hi! Ugallery has done two prints from my paintings that are available on their Paperworks site. but that piece "And In Her Nest..." has a very different feel. I could paint a similar nest and eggs in a smaller size for you.

commentsAnd In The Nest, Her Three Eggs Rest
A Thomas 4/21/2011 | 4:39 PM

Hi Jennifer - are there prints available for purchase? I'm particularly interested in, 'and in the nest, her three eggs rest.'

Jennifer Ross 4/13/2011 | 9:00 AM

Thank you! That little painting has been such a challenge to get a photo that does it justice. I actually took more photos of it yesterday at Ugallery's request because they are planning on exhibiting it at the Affordable Art Fair in NYC in a few weeks. Would you like me to have the pics emailed to you? I drove through St Louis last summer on the way to a wedding in Springfield, MO, but I don't think I'll be heading your way in the foreseeable future

commentsThrough The Darkest Night
B Clair 4/12/2011 | 9:56 PM

I like your art - thinking seriously about Through The Darkest Night, which fits with a theme I'm collecting. But it sounds like it's so much more interesting in person than on-screen. Will you be in St. Louis at all this summer?

Jennifer Ross 3/25/2011 | 1:10 PM

You're welcome and thank you! I feel so incredibly honored that my painting is your first original.

commentsFamily of Five-Birch Tree
Kris purchased this artwork. 3/24/2011 | 7:20 PM

Dear Jennifer, My husband and I love your painting (Family of Five-Birch Tree)! As soon as I saw it, I just had to have it. We have put it up in our bedroom in our feng-shui "children" corner. This is the first original painting we have ever owned, and we are thoroughly enjoying many aspects of it. Thank you for your work- Please keep sharing your creativity and talent with the world!

Jennifer Ross 12/25/2010 | 5:14 PM

Merry Christmas!! Thank you so much for letting me know.

commentsThe Exact Temperature of a Cardinal's Nest
M Tyrey purchased this artwork. 12/25/2010 | 3:16 PM

I received this one and Grade AA for Christmas, and absolutely love them. Have yet to frame, but am excited to hang - very beautiful prints; such detail, and just lovely work.

Jennifer Ross 8/31/2010 | 10:06 AM

Hi Jessica! Thank you for your comments about that little painting. I don't have anything else like it right now, but I have found that I LOVE to paint large! I believe Alex from Ugallery was going to try to contact you about the commission process. I am in the far Western suburbs of Chicago and we can definetly arrange to have you see my work. Artfully yours, Jennifer Ross

Jessica 8/29/2010 | 4:14 PM

Hi Jennifer, My husband and I love your painting "Finding Greener Pastures in a Familiar Place," but we are looking for something larger (e.g. 4' in length and 3' in height at a minimum). Are you working on anything similar in a larger size? Are you in the Chicago area so that we could see your work in person? Thanks! Jessica

Jennifer Ross 5/28/2010 | 10:22 AM

Trisha, I am overflowing with joy to read your comments about what my painting means to you. That is exactly what the language of my heart was trying to translate onto the canvas when I painted "Love Nest"! Thank you! Jennifer Ross

commentsLove Nest
T Turiano purchased this artwork. 5/28/2010 | 9:06 AM

Jennifer, Thanks for the newest addition to our family. It hangs in my newly reclaimed "garden room" (previously the kids toy/video gaming room). The painting has many meanings to me, most of which I will not delve into here. It jumped out at me because of "love nest" quality, thinking about me and my husband and then on further reflection I realized it also symbolized to me the growing up of my two boys, 10 and 15 and the inevitable moment when they leave the nest. Oh well don't mean to be so deep on a Friday morning, but that's how I feel about it. I just love it. Thanks so much, Trisha

Jennifer Ross 11/6/2009 | 12:15 PM

I am so happy that the birds have found their home with your family!

dan 11/6/2009 | 10:13 AM

Jennifer, We got it and we love it. You are so talented. Thanks so much for painting it...for us! And, of course, the kids think it is great as well.

dan 11/2/2009 | 7:25 PM

Tell him that we think our 8 yr old, 5 yr old and 2 yr old will love it...and we are glad he encouraged you! Thanks again, we are very excited to get it.

Jennifer Ross 11/2/2009 | 4:56 PM

Thank you!! I can't wait for you to see it in person. A photo will be sent shortly. My son just said, "See, told you you needed to paint the birds." (He'll be 13 in two weeks...)

dan 11/2/2009 | 4:15 PM

Is is possible to get a good digital image of the artwork now that we are the owners?

dan 11/2/2009 | 2:37 PM

Thanks...it sounds and looks great online, so we just made the purchase. We can't wait to get it!

Jennifer Ross 11/2/2009 | 2:02 PM

Hello, I have been doing the nest and egg paintings for a little while now and my son kept asking me, " When are you going to paint the birds?" , so this painting is the "natural" evolution of that series. The birds are all local to the Midwest/ Eastern U.S. and the eggs in the nests are appropriate to the species (color, speckles, average number of eggs). I have an aunt who is very active in Audubon so I knew it had to be authentic! I titled the painting "Early Birds" has the sky as the feel of the early morning atmosphere. The sides of the gallery wrapped canvas are painted a dark brown, so the painting is ready to hang. Please let me know if there is anything else that comes to your mind that I can tell you about. My Best, Jennifer Ross

dan 11/2/2009 | 1:02 PM

Jennifer- we like the early bird painting...can you tell us something about it?

Waiting in the Wings
by JENNIFER ROSS


Oil painting on stretched canvas
One-of-a-kind
Signed on front and back
2016

20" h x 20" w x 1.5" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.

$1,000


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A female Northern Cardinal protects her three speckled eggs with her outstretched wing. The painting continues around the sides of the gallery wrapped canvas. The back is wired to hang. 

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