My Journey


Selected Exhibition History:

2017  Glencoe Museum and Gallery (4 Women; 4 Visions)

2017  New River Arts Biennial (Juried)

2016  Alexander Black House BRAA Theme Show = The Chair

2015  Salem Home Show

2015  Blacksburg Regional Art Association Exhibiting Artist

2015  The Blue Heron Gallery (one woman show) at New River Restaurant & Grill

2015  Jacksonville Center for the Arts

2015  The Artful Lawyer Gallery (Juried Show)

2015  Glencoe Museum & Gallery (one woman show continued)

​2014  Glencoe Museum & Gallery  (one woman show)

2014  Salem Home Show

2014  VTLS at VA Tech Corporate Center

​2013  Radford University Student Juried Art Show (received Honorable Mention)

2013  Flossy Martin Gallery, Bristol, Tennessee

2012  Uptown Gallery, Richmond, VA; Michele & Company, Radford, VA;  Michele and Company, Radford, VA

2011   Radford University Student Juried Art Show, Radford, VA

Laura J. "Jeannie" Fender Fine art

     Originals Representational Painter:TOil and Water Media

Artist Statement:

"I paint to express the beauty of nature and the simple things in life." - Laura J. Fender

Art EducationRadford University (watercolor study with Z. L. Feng)

                                  Texas School of Fine Arts (oil painting study with Charles Berkley Norman)

                                  University of Texas (general art study)

General EducationB.S. & M.S. Radford University

Career:  former psychologist and educator; now retired

Although I was raised in Newport News, Virginia, I was born in Radford on a cold blizzardy morning.  I spent the next six months of my life in

"student housing" set up for veterans of World War II on the Virginia Tech Campus.  The units were "mini" trailers placed in a field where the football stadium is currently located.  After Dad's graduation, we moved to Tidewater.  I returned to attend Radford College and later Radford University then off to Texas.  My return to Radford in 1986 was by choice so my husband could attend graduate school, and so we could raise our son in the beautiful New River Valley.  After my retirement, I decided to be totally committed to my art.

I love painting landscapes and the macro world that surrounds us.  I am intrigued by the fractals and abstract designs only nature can provide.  Although I am a representational painter, these abstract designs are the true "bones" of a good painting.  Yet, I want more. I want to express a feeling or an emotional response to a time and place.  In addition, I am especially attracted to visual images that include any element of water, whether it be a raindrop, snow, or the ocean waves breaking on the shore.  Perhaps it is because my astrological sign is Aquarius (water bearer) or because of being born on that cold wintery day in Radford.

I use various media but my favorites are oils and watercolors.  I hope you enjoy and can feel the emotions I felt and try to convey with my art.