Jona M. Brown
- October 24th - December 15th
- Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, November 16th, 5-7pm
After 30 years of working retail sales, building businesses, and raising 2 children, I decided to take some time to explore my artistic side in depth. I rediscovered oil painting, ink drawing, and watercolors. And I found something new – encaustic (painting with wax).
Throughout high school and college (NDSU – B.S. Interior Design, minor Bus. Admin.) I learned the techniques of many mediums. I found that I prefer to paint what I see in front of me rather than from memory or imagination. My style is more realistic, though I enjoy studying the impressionists.
I live in the lovely, historic C.J. Wright home (my great, great grandparent’s) soaring amongst the oaks planted by George B. Wright. These are my people and I am drawn toward their history and personal stories. I naturally delve into genealogy with great satisfaction and try to reflect some of that in my art.
Though many of my still life paintings are not based on real people, I did create them with certain types of solitary activities in mind. Within this fictional narrative, each of the physical items advance the story. I hope that you will see something in the paintings that will make you think of your own or other’s personal areas/activities and the intimate and revealing nature of those spaces.