Born near Chicago, Gummersall studied art and photography at Columbia College in Missouri. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, Jenny’s love of the West was inspired by the New Mexico light. Her mentor, the late Reinhold Misselbeck (Curator, Museum Ludwig, Cologne Germany) encouraged Jenny to photograph her present surroundings so as to share those expert technical abilities with her passion of “drawing with light”. Gummersall’s art is in numerous corporate and public art collections and has appeared in magazines and books over the years including Aspen Magazine and Cowboys & Indians. Jenny currently resides in Colorado.
Images of horses, natural objects and landscapes present an enduring and iconic vision of the West. But while the subject matter is familiar, Jenny’s photographs abstract the shapes into unfamiliar forms.
Jenny Gummersall brings metaphors to life by capturing horses as landscapes as well as the fragility and gift of life that eggs provide. Gummersall’s images of horses, natural objects and landscapes present an enduring and iconic vision of the west. While the subject matter is familiar, Jenny’s photographs abstract the shapes into unfamiliar forms. This is especially seen in the horse abstract series where the extreme close-up views of manes, backs and faces are transformed to suggest landscapes, dance, or other purely natural scenes. In her egg series, Gummersall uses natural light to preserve the luminosity, beauty and simplicity that eggs evoke.