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Meet Jason Kowalski

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Kowalski.

Jason, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Boynton Beach, FL and moved to Eau Claire, WI when I was nine years old. After high school, I left Wisconsin for Laguna Beach, California. In 2009, I graduated with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design. I’ve been painting professionally since. My style is deeply rooted in traditional methods of painting and representation. I value nostalgia and believe that every antique has a fascinating story.

To honor the stories of the past, I paint places/objects as they exist in the world today. There is beauty in the undone, the abandon, and in the shadows of a greatness that once was. I’m continually road-tripping to discover new places that inspire my work. I truly love painting and that’s exciting. My young family is also dear to me. I have an almost one-year-old little girl, a three-year-old boy and a five-year-old boy. My wife is also a painter. Together, we enjoy visiting the Denver Art Museum and often find inspiration from the many rotating exhibitions. My home studio is in Monument. The best thing about my studio is it’s the connection to nature. I can just walk outside and enjoy a uniquely Colorado landscape. Our property is surrounded by 100-year-old pines, red rock cliffs, wildflower lined trails, and views of the spectacular front range mountains.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think there are a lot of creatives that know their path early in life. I’ve always been a maker and an independent worker. A professional artist is a small business owner. It’s a profession that is a ton of hard work but is also rewarding.

Please tell us about your art.
I’m a landscape painter. Hidden in my paintings are mixed media clippings. Some of the clippings include heirloom postcards, handwritten notes from the past, vintage photographs, graphic stamps and script from advertising catalogs. This ephemera concealed in my work is not solely to provide a narrative link to the past; the mixed media scraps act as a partner to my brush stroke. They are placed as design elements and are crafted with considerable importance in the composition.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think people are starting to crave a technology-free cognitive experience. Paintings offer that to a viewer, so they will always be treasured and collected. Original creation is valuable beyond measure.

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