Jona M Brown
I was born in Fargo and lived and traveled all over the country. Much of our summers were spent at the family cottage on Swan Lake near Fergus Falls. I graduated from Park Rapids High School and got my BS in Interior Design at NDSU-Fargo.
I worked as a designer until I married and we started our own business in Fergus Falls. We owned and operated a novelty and gaming store. Eventually we acquired a JCPenney catalog desk and a used book store. We had a couple locations in ND as well.
After the wedding, we moved into my great great grandparent's home and started intense rennovations right away. And they continue to this day, but I love it. I got serious skills at drywalling, mudding, and paint stripping.
Twenty years of 24/7 retail and after the kids were grown, I moved on and started painting again. In addition to the continuing rennovation projects, of course.
The reception to my art has been gratifying. I concentrate on oils and still life but enjoy pet portraits and creating abstract encaustics.
After working in retail for 30 years I found myself wanting to reconnect with my artistic self. I studied oil painting and watercolor in high school and college. I started trying out the various mediums and found I still enjoyed oils. In fact, I really enjoyed still life and fell headlong into it. I also create people and pet portraits and landscapes as a way to expand my techniques and skills.
I discovered encaustics, a medium of which I never heard. I proceeded to teach myself and really enjoy creating landscapes using old scraps of lumber and the colorful waxes.
My watercolors are a fun way for me to create flowers which I then ink.
My inks are usually of old family photos that I want to recreate an iconic scene, such as children on the playground in the 50s.