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Conversations with Jennifer Hall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Hall.

Hi Jennifer, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
As someone who deals with anxiety, I found myself naturally drawn to art because when I am making, my mind is quiet. I always dreamed of being an art teacher while I was in school, so I went on to study at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.

While in college, I studied painting and ceramics and also spent a semester in Rome! After finishing my BFA I went on to become a public school art teacher. I’m now 7 years into my teaching career and I’ve taught elementary and high school art including drawing, painting, ceramics, and graphic design.

People always ask me which age I prefer teaching, but I genuinely enjoy both for different reasons! I completed my Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Kutztown University in 2021, and with that, I would love to transition to working in a museum or at a college!

My fiance, Zach, and I bought our house in Federal Hill in the summer of 2021 and I immediately fell in love with the architecture and charm of the row homes. I started making some watercolor home portraits and decided to share them on our neighborhood Facebook page.

I thought maybe one or two people would be interested… I seriously underestimated! I was so encouraged by all of the support that I am now working on formalizing my illustration & invitation business, Freckled Press.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My family and friends have always supported my artwork. However, I found my biggest personal struggle to be developing my own style and voice. I’m still working on figuring out the kind of work I want to make, but I feel like I am getting closer!

I believe that being a public school art teacher really helped me in my journey toward finding my own creative voice. After 7 years of teaching, I’ve taught from Kindergarten up to the 12th grade. I’ve taught drawing, painting, ceramics, and graphic design.

Each class pushes me to strengthen my skills and build my own visual language.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am an artist and illustrator! At this point, I’ve illustrated a children’s book and I’m hoping to do more.

I also create custom wedding invitations and paper goods such as menus, programs, signs, etc. Recently I’ve been working on a series of home portraits because I was so inspired by Baltimore’s historic architecture.

I specialize in watercolor illustration and graphic design but I also love working with clay on a potter’s wheel!

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love the historic architecture, particularly the stained glass details.

My fiance and I own a brick row home in Federal Hill that is from 1860 and we love all of the unique charms. I also love all of the green space and water views. We live right by Federal Hill Park and it is so relaxing to walk through the park and look at the harbor.

I also love the neighborhood restaurants. My favorites include The Outpost, Riverside Taproom, and anything in Cross Street Market.

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Image Credits
Darian Smelser-Dare Visuals (@Dare_Visuals)

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