Artist Bio

Jerri Whitman was born in Dyer County, Tennessee. She became interested in drawing in elementary school. Inspired by a teacher who encouraged her to develop her own artistic talents, she continued to study art throughout high school.

After moving to Maine and taking a break to raise her seven children, she resumed painting in 2009. Jerri worked in acrylic, colored pencil and graphite. She completed many commissioned works during this time, and in 2013 discovered soft pastels and fell in love with this medium.

In March 2014 Jerri was juried into the Pastel Society of America as an Associate member. She was juried into the state wide show, ARTinME in October 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2014 she received honorable mention for her pastel painting "Going Home."

Jerri has served on the board of trustees at Boothbay Region Art Foundation since 2012. In January 2015 she served on the board of trustees as recording secretary for the Pastel Society of Maine. In 2017 and 2018 she worked as a volunteer for the Portrait Society of America at the annual conventions in Atlanta and Washington DC. Currently she is the coordinator for “Pastel Pics” IAPS 2017 (International Association of Pastel Societies).

For the past eight years Jerri has been teaching drawing and pastels. Since 2015 she has taught workshops at the Carnegie Center for Arts & History, New Albany, Indiana; Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Boothbay Harbor, Maine; and Patchwork Central, Evansville, Indiana. She organizes painting workshops for the Boothbay Region Art Foundation and J. Whitman Studio.

Her work is exhibited at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Boothbay Harbor Maine. She also has exhibited with Pastel Society of Maine in 2014, 2015 at the Chocolate Church Gallery in Bath, Maine. She presented a series of her works at a solo show at The First Bank in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, between November 2015 and January 2016. She was the guest artist at the Centre Street Gallery, Bath, Maine, during March 2016 and April 2016. She was a guest artist at The Art Mart Portland, Maine, in April 2016; and in May 2016 was a guest artist at the Art Council of South Western Indiana.  August 2017 she opened J. Whitman Studio in Dresden, Maine were she teaches and exhibits her work.

She acknowledges the great help and influence of the artists with whom she has studied: Wende Caporale, Robert Carsten, Tony van Hasselt, Mike Beeman, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Doug Dawson, Jennifer Litchfield.