ST. GEORGE — Cedar City native Jennifer Gubler is etching her way into St. George’s art culture with her first solo art show at the DiFiore Center this month.
Gubler used watercolor, tiles and a creative etching technique to produce the works for the show – miniatures as small as 2-by-2 inches and as large as 8-by-8 inches. The medium is a new direction for Gubler who is known for her work as an illustrator.
“I decided to branch out and just focus on fine art and my watercolor skills and see where that took me,” Gubler said. “I’ve really had a lot of success with it, I really like the results.”
Among series in her collection is one on Utah forest fires.
“I love the way the smoke interacts with the weather and whatever is burning. I’m not an arsonist,” Gubler said, “but I do like to take pictures of fire.”
Gubler has always had a passion for art, she said. She owns scrapbook stores and has experience drawing and working with watercolors. She decided to go back to school and finished her Art and Illustration degree at Southern Utah University.
While she does have a background in multiple different styles of art, Gubler said she primarily chooses to illustrate children’s books.
“St. George is a great art community,” Gubler said. “I wanted to be right in the middle of it all, and I’ve jumped right in apparently.”
Even though she has won several awards and prizes for her art, this is the first time Gubler has had her very own art exhibit showcasing her own work.
Her exhibit is open to the public at the DiFiore Center through October 28th.
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