History with a mix of the modern! Jennifer and Joshua’s approach to their business is personal and meant to please. While they focus on offering services and items based in history they appreciate adding in some modern flairs to make their items unique.
Joshua and Jennifer started Fink’s Studio at Geranium Hill in 2011, when they saw a need for simple framing going unmet in their community. That led Jennifer to return to her love of creating Frakturs and other artwork. Now as a team Jennifer and Joshua work together to create beautiful and unique artwork pieces for discerning clients, teach and demonstrate the art of Fraktur and sometimes teach children (and adults) how to write in the Fraktur style using quills and bring history and family history to life.
Meet the Team
Partners in two respects, in business and in marriage (for 15 years), Jennifer and Joshua enjoy sharing their passions and interests with others. Whether creating a piece of art, or helping someone figure out their family history through genealogy, sharing these things through their business is important to them.
Many people ask where the name Geranium Hill came from. This is simply the name they like to call their home and property. Situated in a suburb of Allentown, Pennsylvania, they live in a small bank barn that was renovated in the 1950s to become a home. Jennifer in particular, loves to garden, and she and Josh adore geraniums. So, they decided to name their home and property Geranium Hill. Currently they have two cats that share their home.
They enjoy vacationing in Williamsburg, Virginia, where they become part of the action by dressing in 18th Century attire. They also enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer Lynn Conrad Fink
Owner & Artist
Jennifer has been an artist at heart since she was a young girl. Influenced by her father, who creates stained glass artwork, Jennifer would work on all sorts of artistic endeavors at a table next to his. When she was in Middle School, her parents took her to the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival. There, she saw apprentices learning Fraktur in a mock schoolhouse; she was immediately interested in being an apprentice and learning the art of Fraktur at the festival. She signed up to be an apprentice for the next year. This began her love affair with the art of Fraktur and calligraphy.
Heavily interested in art throughout high school, Jennifer went on to study graphic design and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design from Kutztown University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business also from Kutztown.
While she enjoys using the computer as a tool to create wonderful marketing pieces and designs, the computer still cannot compare to actually "getting your hands dirty" and creating art with inks and paints on paper or canvas, so she has returned to using these mediums.
She also branches out into other paper crafts and artforms including origami and book binding as well as enjoying photography.
Joshua Arthur Fink
Historian & Artist
Joshua has been in the history field for almost twenty years. He gained an appreciation for history at an early age by going on family vacations and learning about the past in school. His love of history influenced his decision to attend Moravian College in Bethlehem, from which he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in German with concentrations in history and religion.
A local historian specializing in Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Colonial America and Revolutionary War, and Pennsylvania German history, he has become a popular speaker throughout Eastern Pennsylvania on many aspects of history.
Joshua became interested in genealogy or family history in his middle school years and has been actively pursuing his and others' elusive ancestors as a "Family History Detective" for more than 20 years.
Art has always played an important role in Joshua's life, both the visual and performing arts. He helps Jennifer with the business and teaches others the historical art of writing with a quill pen, as well as sings and plays the drums and hand bells for enjoyment.
He has been involved in the community for many years and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Goschenhoppen Historians and is the Treasurer and the Editor of The Periodical of the Lutheran Historical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania.
In addition, he is very involved in his church, the historic Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, in Allentown, serving as the historian of the church.