Jennifer Yoswa

AURORA COLORADO
JOINED: August, 2022

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“I am passionate about creating art that connects my collectors to a part of themselves.”

​​​​​​​​​I am a self-taught oil painter. I am also an introvert and a perfectionist. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-thirties that the urge to create became greater than my fear of failure. The day I picked up a paintbrush and applied paint to canvas was the day I discovered my voice. I paint colorful, soulful, strong, and playful portraits, primarily of women, celebrating their complex and essential place in our world and relationships. I am working on an ongoing series that challenges female gender stereotypes called “That’s Not Ladylike.” Many of my collectors tell me that they see themselves in my art. My work is meant to be empowering but tender and occasionally mischievous.

Examples of My Work

Lists

Some things I love: coffee, naps, chandeliers, hot sauce, laughing to tears, white blouses and black turtlenecks, disco balls, oddities, bare feet, wine, the smell of books, my closet, music, rings, poetry, creating, reality TV, scarves, Paris, salmon, and lists. (not necessarily in that order)

Run

Music evokes so many nuanced emotions. “Run,” a magical song by Collective Soul, gives me goosebumps, tears, and joy all at once and has remained my favorite song for over 20 years.

Contradictions

I am fascinated with them, especially the idea of “ugly beautiful.” I keep a visual collection on one of my Pinterest boards.

Underdog

I’m rooting for you!

Trapeze

Five years ago, I put all my trust into a stranger who caught me mid-air as I completed the “knee hang trick” on my first (and final) jump as a trapeze artist. One and done.

What is your hidden talent or claim to fame?

Kevin Cronin, the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for REO Speedwagon, sang “Heard it From a Friend” to me over the phone even after I had hung up on him (or because I had hung up on him).

How do you come up with titles for your pieces?

The titles of my paintings are an essential part of the whole, often established before the piece even begins. Most give insight into my thinking, helping viewers connect with my work. I am inspired by poetry, song lyrics, things people say, dreams, and experiences.

What other non-artist jobs have you had?

My non-artist jobs: babysitter, paper delivery girl, donut finisher, preschool teacher, college note-taker, hostess, bartender (but only for one night. They didn’t ask me back), substitute teacher, elementary school teacher, elementary school counselor, district coordinator for gifted and talented services. I was also a full-time mom but didn’t get paid in money…just a lot of love. :)
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