We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Kowalski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am interested in objects from the past. Their story is often forgotten and their characteristics of being worn out, broken and old are commonly seen as unattractive. I value nostalgia and believe that every antique has a fascinating story. Preservation does not always equal restoration. 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.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think art is a lot like music. Each painting has it’s own rhythm and each person can relate to it differently. An artist’s lyrical style is often expressed through the brush stroke. My strokes are active and and encourage my viewers eye to move freely throughout my composition. In that way each painting is active, each unique. Alot of my paintings nod to the American West. I love painting this subject matter! Even today there is a sense of wonder and discovery in the West. The wonders that remain from a bygone era along Route 66 make for dynamic narratives in paintings. I think that is why people are drawn to my work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d start my day with a cup of strong brew and a breakfast burrito from Serranos Coffee Company. I’d then head up to Denver. The Denver Art Museum is a must. When I’m home, my favorite small town lunch spot is Black Forest Cafe and Deli in historic Monument. They have AMAZING burgers! Living so close to the trails I’d set out from home on my bike. Locally, Routes Outfitter is a fantastic family owned gear shop. If my visiting friends didn’t bring a bike they could demo or rent one there. Nextdoor to Routes Outfitter is Trails End taproom, its a small taproom being built around a old western 1800’s log cabin. For dinner we’d make reservations at La Rosa Southwestern Dining, in Palmer Lake. Everything on the menu is fantastic and our quaint little town of Palmer Lake is a must visit. For the rest of the week I’d pack up my vintage Avion camper and we head up the the high country for an adventure. I find alot of artistic inspiration in the wilderness.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I think my wife deserves alot of credit. She’s an amazing artist too and really helps curate my thoughts when i’m unsure of an idea. We share a similar aesthetic.
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