Jennifer Bothast says she was always an artsy kid, often choosing to draw alone rather than play with peers. She became a serious observer of circumstance, quietly melting into invisibility. At 12, her parents agreed to pay for private art lessons, and she learned to pay better attention to the colors born in shadows and the shapes of perspectives. She then went on to graduate from a magnet arts high school and attended Ringling College of Art and Design.
Jennifer then earned an A.S. In Occupational Therapy, a B.S. in Health Sciences/Gerontology, and recently earned a license in massage therapy. Over the last 20 years or more that she has been steadily painting, her more recent confidence and evolution of style allow increased curiosity, play, and freedom in her work. She believes she is strongly influenced by Kandinsky and Franz Marc, but also has studied closely under Jeanne Bessette and has come to learn from and admire many other contemporary artists online. She strives to explore and expand her understanding of spirituality, energy, and consciousness.
Jennifer currently lives in Green Cove Springs, Fl, and has exhibited both locally, regionally, and internationally.
The movement and spirals are always important to my work. They often show up in the composition, as design elements, and as tempos of light and darkness. Spirals reflect the journeys of my growth and understanding regardless of the actual subject matter portrayed. Something as simple as a tree or an abstractly portrayed emotion can also depict an evolution of consciousness. Within each curve of the spiral, there is the opportunity to develop a new perspective.
This year brought about many changes for me personally as well as for all of us, collectively. It was the year Roe was defeated at the Supreme Court. It was the year I had to deploy with the health dept for two hurricane responses nearly two months apart, and it was the year that I really took the time to be more deeply grounded in nature and its spirituality.
When Roe was struck down on June 24, 2022, I felt like I had been slapped. I painted "Windows" with a sacred and not entirely silent rage at the loss of freedoms for women and the threat to gay marriage. Feeling the need for a revolution, I kept telling myself that when one door closes, we unite and open a go**amm window.
2022 also brought two hurricanes very close to home. Even though my family was spared any significant property damage, the evidence of destruction was everywhere. Piles of yard debris lined the streets of nearby neighborhoods. It was sobering and left me wallowing in gratitude.
2022 was also the year I came full circle with my study of Peruvian Shamanism and other spiritual traditions. I'm feeling more grounded today than ever before in this lifetime and I am grateful for the lessons and growth. Through my art, I am both lost and found.