Local Artist’s Work on Display for OBU Homecoming

The artwork of Shawnee native Jennifer Neptune Woods, honored as Oklahoma Baptist University Homecoming artist, is on display at the university's Mabee Learning Center for the Homecoming festivities this week. The exhibit will display through Nov. 22.

A reception honoring the artist will be Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in the foyer of the MLC.

Watercolor is Woods' primary emphasis but she also enjoys working with other media including batik, acrylics, charcoal, pencil and pen and ink.

Woods earned a bachelor's of arts degree from OBU in 1980 and continued her studies in watercolor under aquarellist Sally Treanor of West Point, N.Y., and then under watercolorist Victoria Runge of Norman.

"My time at OBU was essential," Woods said. "It gave me the skills and the foundation I needed."

Woods remembers attending interim classes between the fall and winter semesters as one of the highlights of her OBU career.

"They offered really neat, creative classes," she said. "They gave me the chance to experiment with things I normally wouldn't have done."

Reflecting on the years since she graduated from OBU, Woods said, "It is a very positive sign for me the see that the Art Department continues to grow and expand, opening up new doors of exploration and experience for students."

Woods' painting style was influenced by the aquarellist techniques of Treanor. She explains that it is a special technique that focuses on color while allowing the artist to use no more than four colors in one painting. No opaque white pigments are used.

Woods is a member of the Studio Six Art Guild in West Point, N.Y., the Orange County Art Federation of New York and the Strategic Arts Alliance of Oklahoma. She has exhibited her work at juried, invitational and solo shows in New York and Oklahoma.

Woods is currently employed as a computer systems software programmer for the Department of Defense in Oklahoma City.

Woods is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bill Neptune, provost emeritus of OBU since 1988, and the grandaughter of Mrs. E.E. Neptune, former dean of women.

She and her husband, Clyde, have two sons, Chris and Ramati.

Her work is also on display at Starry Starry Arts Gallery in Shawnee.