By Michael Gabriele
Jenny M. Lin, an Allied Artists of America board member, began her international
journey as an artist in Changhua, Taiwan, where she was born and lived with her
parents and six siblings. She attended Tajen Pharmaceutical College and came to
America with her brother in 1974. She pursued her interest in art by taking classes
in fine art at Youngstown University, Ohio.
Jenny followed her lifelong dream and relocated to New York City in 1996,
where she found work as a paralegal at an immigration law firm and as a pharmacy technician at Rite Aid. In addition, she taught art to children and seniors at Ling Jiou Mountain, a non-profit Buddhist society in Queens, New York.
In 2000 she discovered her love for pastels and focused on creating
landscapes and still life. Jenny said that art is her passion, bringing enjoyment and
inspiration to her life. She described her process as an artist: Using a “unique eye”
for subject matter, she creates each painting from the heart, so that “the work of art
speaks for itself and has a life of its own.”
Among the milestones in her distinguished career, she has exhibited at the
National Arts Club, the Salmagundi Club, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
Gallery in Manhattan and Queens, New York, Gallery 53 in Meriden, Connecticut,
the Canton Museum of art in Ohio, and the Sarasota Art Center in Florida. Besides
the United States, her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in China,
France, Japan, Spain and Taiwan. Her work is represented by the 99 Degree Art
Center in Taipei, Taiwan.
Since 2014 Jenny has been a board member and catalog chair with Allied of America. She is a signature member with the Pastel Society of America and the Connecticut Pastel Society. Since 2009 she’s been a board member with
Audubon Artists Inc., as well as that group’s pastel medium director since 2014.
Her other associations include the American Artists Professional League; North
America Pastel Artists Association (vice president since 2009); North American
Taiwanese Women’s Association/New York Chapter (president in 2016); and is a
board member with Pastel Association of Taiwan.
Jenny has won numerous awards with the above-mentioned organizations,
including the Gold Medal of Honor in 2006 at the Audubon Artists annual
exhibition, and a Silver Award from the International Pastel Artists Invitational
Exhibition at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. She is a recipient of the Albert
Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has received multiple awards
with the Audubon Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society, exhibitions held by Pen
and Brush of New York, and the Taiwan Center.
She currently resides in Sarasota, Florida and has two children.