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Jennifer Hartwig

Jennifer discovered scratch art in high school, but life happened, and she set it aside until 2007, when she received a commission from a coworker. After living in Ontario, Canada and California, she now lives in Sisters. Her art ranges from exotic species to birds, horses, cats, and dogs. 

Scratchboard is a form of direct engraving. The artist scratches away lines from the solid black panel to reveal the “lights” or white clay surface below. Various tools create different textures, from the hair of a dog to the feathers of an owl or the mane of a horse. All textures are scratches of one form or another. Images can be dramatic in black-and-white, or colored inks can be blended and brushed onto the white clay undersurface, then re-scratched for texture.

Scratchboard art is considered by many artists to be the most difficult of all mediums, as you cannot take an eraser to a mistake. Every line is done by hand, and larger works can take hundreds of hours to complete. But once done, the scratchboard will last a lifetime. 

In addition to her creative works, Jennifer specializes in doing pet portraits from your favorite furry friend’s photograph. She shows her work and takes commissions at Sisters Gallery and Frame Shop. Her website is scratchlife.com, and you can also look her up on Facebook.

To learn more about Jennifer, her work, and upcoming events, we encourage you to visit her website.


Driving Directions to my Studio at
Sisters Gallery & Frame Shop

252 West Hood Ave., Sisters Oregon 97759:
• From Cascade, south on Oak
• Right on West Hood Ave.
• My studio in the gallery is on the left, one building from the corner..