Jennifer Soriano

‘All good work tells a compelling story that both captures the imagination of its audience and draws them into the telling of their own related stories.’

Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1975, Jennifer credits her grandmother’s early stories and love of history with the beginning of her own fascination with people and the stories their faces tell. The personal histories of people and the reflection of their character through art, has been a predominate theme Jennifer strives to bring to life in her portraiture and illustrations.

Listening, observing and reading about the lives of those she seeks to capture is an important part of the drawing process itself. It is a way to form a sense of who each person is and what drives their view of the world around them.

Family, a sense of place, and human connection are important to Jennifer. When she is not drawing or teaching, she enjoys photography and hearing people’s stories. Her four children and young grandson keep her busy with their stories and antics.

Jennifer received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Dallas in 1999, and her MFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2018. She presently works as an art instructor at a highschool in Minnesota but has been a fine arts instructor for over 20 years and a professional illustrator. Her work has appeared in multiple exhibitions throughout Minnesota and the USA. Her pastels, drawings and ink paintings have won awards, including the Minnesota State Fair and the American Advertising Award for her work on the Barley John’s Craft Brew label line.

Her work can also be found in several private collections within the United States. She recently completed a collection of illustrations for her MFA with the theme, ‘Shattering the Glass Slipper.’ as well as

past paintings, drawings, and sketches on display in a solo exhibition entitled, ‘Made in Her Image.’


More of Jennifer’s work can be viewed on her Instagram account.

Tracy Gorman

I’d like my daughter Jessica to be considered for the SWAN Portraits project.

Jess has an infectious smile and laugh, and I’d like this to be captured in an artwork.

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