|Black and white I could do. The stockings & muzzle were tough|
|Tiger Lily, sold somewhere in CO circa 1980|
Her first bravura feat was the Winter Photo Challenge, in January of 2015. Remember that? It lasted for a month and nothing like it had been tried before. She set up a fairly simple framework of rules and expected somewhat less than 50 entrants. She got 200. It blew up wildly and became so popular that it risked completely burning her out. I shudder sometimes to think how close we came to doing that. Through no fault of her own, the thing became so much bigger than she'd forecast: she became Den Mother to all of us, a public symbol, almost mythological, like a goddess. Her vote of approval became the most desperately needed accolade. The demands on her time and attention were immense, and reached well beyond what any one human being could answer.
|Taken in a hotel at a show, Phoenix, AZ in 1982|
You would think Jennifer would rest on her laurels after that. But no. She was just getting started.
What happened in 2016? The Jennifer Show, that's what -- a show like no other. I was unable to attend, so I can't personally report on it, but I was sufficiently moved (or inspired) to send one of my last 2 copies of my book as a donation prize. The level of trust here was very high.
|Fake fur mane and tail, painted-leather silver|
|Etched in 1983 to go with the Overo Paint|
Once again it took a month and had a simple framework of rules. Once again she was expecting about 100 participants, but drew more than 600. Once again the thing got completely out of hand, went viral, went international and wound up in a great symbolic act. An edifice was built wherein everyone had a place. National Model Painting Month!! Once again, to be able to receive her accolade, though but a few words, was worth all the fuss and effort.
"And there was a place for them within." -- Alan Tempko, author of Notre Dame
|Etched in 2003|
|Etched in 2005, with a pattern developed by Gerhardt|
Long live the power of the Braymere!!