From the Artist
My inspiration comes from observing the beauty and innocent nature of wildlife.
I live in Northwest, where I can see and feel the grace of God through abundance
of nature. I am amused by observing a changes in nature as new buds sprout, grow,
blossom, and fall within four seasons. I also enjoy watching animal life in nature as
I imagine some make believe story from many wildlife characters.
After observing sockeye salmon return to hatchery a year after a year, the life
story of salmon fascinated and inspired me to begin the series of salmon paintings.
Returning to the birth place swimming up through many obstacles, hardship and
only to start off a new beginning is an example of truly endless cycle of life and a
I like to keep my painting technique to the basics with use of traditional medium.
Main focus of my paintings is to illustrate many story of wildlife with humanity.
Through my artwork, I want to express the peace, harmony, and humor and to
offer a warm and joyful atmosphere to the viewers.
About the Artist:
Jennifer Kwon is a wildlife artist and she draws inspiration from nature where she lives in Pacific
Northwest. Also, she is a working professional, wife, and mother of two children. She expresses
her joy, peace and harmony through nature and wildlife paintings as she creates narratives of the
animal life by comparing to an affection of mother in her own family life. “Journey”, “Tiger
cubs” and “Passing Time” exemplifies her expression of wildlife and narratives. Jennifer had
also been captivated by the cycle of life in the wild as she paints sockeye series. “Ripening
Blueberry Bunch”, “Apple Blossom” and “New Beginning” are a few examples of paintings of
nature which inspired and refreshed her.
Jennifer was born in South Korea and immigrated to U.S. with her family starting her teenage
year. Her artistic talent had been recognized by many of her art teachers from the kindergarten
and up to high school. She was chosen at age fourteen to participate in a program at the
Smithsonian Art Museum with older high school students, and her art work was subsequently
presented at the Smithsonian Art student exhibition. Shortly after she moved to Ohio in 1976,
she won first place at a local art competition sponsored by the Columbus Booster newspaper.
She continued to develop her art skills by enrolling in the Art Instruction School while she
attended Ohio State University, majoring in Computer Science in Engineering. There, she
extended her skill of drawings figures with pencil and ink. After she graduated from Ohio State
University and began working in Washington State as a software engineer, she expanded her
repertoire of painting with colored ink at a Chinese painting course at the University of
She is the president of “Harmony of Color” artist group which she found in 2009 with three other
members. She is an active member of the Korean American Artist Association of Washington
(KAAW), a group which she had served as a vise president and president from year 2013 to
2016. Under her leadership, KAAW had been recognized by social media for becoming an
exemplary organization in the state of Washington for evolution and social participation.
Jennifer’s work was selected and published in Animal Edition of Nature Inspired Book of 2016.
Additionally, her work had been exhibited at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC);
Mercer View Indoor Gallery in Mercer Island; Lynnwood Convention Center; Lynnwood City
Hall; King County Superior Court in Seattle; Korean Consulate General in Seattle; Pierce
College’s Juried Exhibition at Pierce College in Lakewood; Edmonds Art Festival – Juried
Gallery in Edmond; Franciscan Hospice; Korean Community Service Center; the Lakewood
Library Gallery in Tacoma; Seattle Design Center EAFA Gallery – Juried Exhibition; Local
Color Fine Art Gallery in Seattle; New Dimension Gallery; Factoria Market Place Gallery in
Bellevue; and the Art Wall at South Bellevue Community Center.