Jen Scanlon grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she received her BFA degree from Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) in 1992. To help prime her skills before her four-year journey through CMU, Jen attended pre-college summer programs at other Universities including the Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design in Paris and Saturday morning art classes at CMU during her junior and senior years at Mt. Lebanon High School.

At CMU, it was under the guidance of her illustration professor, Fred Carlson, where she developed and perfected the photorealistic technique of drawing with colored pencils.

'The Dowager''

Jen has been an active member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators (PSI) since 2002. She won PSI’s First Place "People's Choice" Award for her piece entitled “The Dowager.”  This was during an annual group show in 2003, "Through The Mind's Eye".

Jen has artwork displayed at the Heinz History Center in The Strip, Urban Tails in Hollywood, Harts Run Vet Hospital in Fox Chapel, Twinbrook in Valencia, TAN-ZAR Kennels, K9 Kingdom, Pine Village Vet, and Misty Pines, all of Wexford, and Brush Run Vet in McMurray.