Jennifer Orkin Lewis

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Jennifer Orkin Lewis (formerly known as August Wren) is ridiculously prolific, talented and modest.  Based in a beautiful little village outside of New York City, Jennifer is perhaps best known for her daily sketchbook and the style she has developed while creating it.  As a discipline, she paints a 30-minute painting a day and the looseness and intuitiveness of those paintings have become her signature.  “My paintings are inspired by the everyday small things I see, everything from a bird, to a teacup, to a large crowd,” she said.  Jennifer mostly paints with gouache but she happily throws in some acrylic, ink, and pencil into the mix. After graduating from RISD, Jennifer spent many years as a textile stylist designing prints for children's clothing and lingerie before becoming a freelance illustrator. (I’m so glad she did!)  Clients include Abrams Noterie, Abrams Books, Anthropologie, Chronicle Books, Kate Spade Home, teNeues, Seal Press, TAG, Flow Magazine, Design House Greetings, and many more. Check out her interviews and press in Lisa Congdon's Blog, Design Observer, Flow Magazine, Smart Creative Women Podcast, Uppercase Magazine and Uppercase Compendium.