Jennifer Li grew up in Mill Valley, California, but her family spent summers in Montana at a ranch near Augusta. After majoring in literature and philosophy at Bennington and Sarah Lawrence Colleges, she lived, studied, and painted in New York City for nearly twenty years before returning to Montana in 1998.
Li’s unusually meticulous oil painting technique is grounded in the varnish mediums of the Dutch Golden Age. The New York Times has described her work as "straightforwardly beautiful" with "an element of the weird". Her work has been noted for its color and luminosity, its imaginative and evocative content, and for the high quality of her technique.
Li studied painting for twelve years at the Art Students League of New York under distinguished realist painters Harvey Dinnerstein and Frank Mason. She welcomes inquiries from clients interested in commissioning portraiture.