Jodi Whalen is a self-taught artist who revels in the freedom of her eclectic education. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
Whalen hails from a small town in rural Pennsylvania, where her creativity was nurtured and encouraged by her grandparents, who raised her and her 3 siblings. Her artrepreneurial spirit emerged as a young adult, when, inspired by her grandfather’s trade, she became a freelance sign maker and graphic artist. In 1991, she spontaneously moved to Vermont, and followed a new trajectory in the field of graphic design and marketing in the brewing field, working for Catamount Brewing and Magic Hat Brewing.
Whalen has used her art as a conduit for change, often donating her design skills to local service organizations. Her painting “Now What?”, an autobiographical response to the start of the war in Iraq, was featured on the front page of Seven Days B Section in March, 2003.
Until April, 2008, Whalen’s artistic focus was on commercial design. In 2008, she began her exploration of abstract art, and quickly employed a style that is recognizable for both its whimsy and maturity. Current abstract paintings by Whalen represent her surrender to expression and her release from expectations when she paints. Her use of Golden Open Acrylics result in complex layers of transparent colors that greatly compliment the textures she creates with wood burning tools, xacto knives, and sand paper. Her work was on exhibit in the Maltex Building at the 2008 South End Art Hop.
“Thankful That…” , is an upcoming project that will feature Whalen's retablos-style paintings that convey messages of gratitude from people who live in Burlington’s Old North End.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Champlain Housing Trust. Burlington, Vermont.
Coordinator, Way2Work Program, Champlain Community Services. Colchester, Vermont.
Graphic Design & Marketing Procurement, Magic Hat Brewing Company. South Burlington, Vermont.
Assistant Director of Sales & Marketing, Catamount Brewing Company. White River Junction, Vermont.
Sign Maker, IKEA. Baltimore, MD.
Trinity College, Elementary Education 1991-1993
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Graphic Design.