J.C. Turner, a resident of Bucks County, was born in Denver, Colorado, raised in Connecticut and educated in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Formal education was a Syracuse University School of Fine Art. She then went on to study landscape, portrait and still life at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey, with further portraiture study at the Reilly League of Artists in White Plains, New York, and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. A workshop with Rudy Coleo was part of her still life training. She was also trained in the art of Chinese watercolor under the tutelage of Zhe Zhou Jiang of Philadelphia.
After college, the artist’s paintings took a dramatic turn toward Traditional Realism at the Ridgewood Art Institute. Its teachings were based on the Old Masters’ principles of the prismatic flow of light to shadow in nature, as well as the palette and techniques of Frank Vincent Dumond.
Primarily a plein aire painter in oils, she works intuitively, quickly massing in values and making perspective sketches of architectural structures as required for historic authenticity and composition. Representational still life and portraits continue to be an important part of her subject matter.
A most meaningful exhibition was an Invitational Group Art Show at the Cork Gallery, at Lincoln Center in New York City. Significant awards were The President’s Award in Oils, Bergen Community Museum, Paramus, NJ, First Place Award, Images of the Prallsville Mill, Stockton, NJ, and the 20th Century International Asian Pacific Art Exposition, Washington D.C., Award of Excellence in competition with many talented Asian watercolor artists.