About Jennifer

Jennifer Stratton is a visual artist, musician, face painter, henna tattoo artist, and expressive arts facilitator. She moved from New Jersey to Cape Cod 14 years ago, where she now lives with her husband Don Boivin.

Jennifer began drawing and painting at a very young age and took private and group lessons from various New Jersey artists. She received the Art Prize upon graduating from high school but contrary to the expectations of her family and friends went on to study organic agriculture at college. Her studies brought her overseas, where she lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, Israel, and Brazil.

Back in the United States, some personal challenges brought about a reconnection with art. Her new approach to artistic expression reflected a deeper connection to herself and the life force around her, manifesting in a unique, expressive style. She began to exhibit her work publicly in 1998 and has sold many paintings since then (see art gallery).

Jennifer’s experience with the healing powers of expressive art developed into a strong desire to help others tune in to their own creative gifts. In 2004 she received her Expressive and Creative Arts Facilitator Certificate from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. Since then she has been working with groups and individuals using expressive arts – music, visual, writing, movement, theater – as a way for people to deepen their own self discovery process and as a tool to deal with specific issues. She has run groups for addiction and eating disorders, grief, depression, physical challenges, etc. (see the expressive arts section).

Jennifer is currently enrolled in the Certificate of Graduate Studies Program for the Professional Application of Expressive Arts for Healing, also at Salve Regina University.

In addition to her expressive arts work, Jennifer is a singer/songwriter; she performs in coffee houses and other venues both on and off Cape (see www.jenniferstratton.net) and also does face painting and henna tattoos at parties, festivals and other events (see body art section).