Jennifer was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and grew up just outside the city. She attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, graduating in 1997 with a 1st class honors degree in Fine Art (painting).
Since then she has returned to Glasgow and continues to live and work in the city's West End. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally in New York, Singapore, Florida, Zurich, and Toronto.
Jennifer has received a number of awards including the HSBC Investment Management Award for artists under 35 at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and the David Cargill award at the Royal Glasgow Institute. She has been regularly selected for the BP Portrait Award and has been invited to exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

"Jennifer Anderson combines clear-eyed examination with formidable illusionistic skill, producing sensitive, haunting portraits. Within tightly-cropped compositions, illuminated by unsparing mid-winter light, she conveys the real, weighty physicality of her subjects while at the same time hinting at the inaccessibility of their inner lives. Anderson's subjects seem to balance their own reserve, their self-sufficient presence, against the artist's sustained scrutiny. Surfaces – a creased white shirt, scraped-back jet-black hair, or the slope of a cheek bone – are described fluently, the restrained palette emphasising subtle tonal shifts. These haunting images explore the limits of what we can learn from observation – even observation of those whom we see often and know well – something which gives Anderson's work a universal quality transcending most individual portraiture."

Bunny Smedley, critic and historian