ABOUT JENNIFER

Let me introduce myself . . .

In my heart (and in my dreams), I am dancing energy of universal rhythm, lover of life, joyous free spirit, world traveler, nature lover, mystic and artist.  By trade, I’m a professional certified coach with a focus on personal and professional development.  My mission is to creatively inspire and empower others to find their unique genius and go after their dreams. 

As a child, I always knew that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up . . . 

It’s funny how much clearer we can be as children before everything else gets added on to us through the years.  In school, art was always my favorite subject.  I was lucky to grow up in a relatively small town on the Oregon Coast, surrounded by natural beauty and a community that valued the arts.  I was always encouraged to keep creating and believing in myself as an artist, by parents and teachers. Coos Bay still has a thriving art community that my mother, Jean Boynton, is an active part of.

I enthusiastically pursued art and art history at University of Oregon . . .

and took a year-long program in Europe, studying the arts.  I also had a passion for travel from early on, and the travel bug got the better of me.  I ended up pursuing a career in travel, somehow being convinced that art was not a lucrative professional pathway, and wanting to see the world. Even though I went into business for myself in travel, I continued to take art classes and workshops for several years, dabbling in oil, acrylic and watercolor painting.   

Somewhere along the line . . .

I had stopped actively creating art for almost 20 years, caught up in a busy life and work. By that time, I was living in Seattle, WA and had transitioned from travel into the field of personal and professional development.  In my own self-exploration, I became aware that art was the missing link to true fulfillment for me.  That was in 2008, the beginning of my watercolor journey. I began taking watercolor classes from Denise Cole at Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA and workshops and classes from Caroline Buchanan, an amazing teacher and mentor who kept encouraging me to pursue my art.  Though I still work full time, I have consistently taken off Fridays just to paint for almost a decade. 

I have lived in beautiful Central Oregon since 2012 . . .

It has such a large and active art community, and I’ve learned from so many wonderful Oregon artists.  In particular, Winnie Givot, the first artist I took classes from, who inspired and encouraged me to keep painting.  “It’s just about putting miles on the brush,” is what she used to say when I’d get discouraged.  I’ve learned the art of watercolor journals and have enjoyed trips to Italy and Greece with her and many of my artist friends.  I’ve also enjoyed learning from Helen Brown, Sarah B Hansen, and all the artists that teach through Sagebrushers Art Society and Watercolor Society of Oregon. 

My passions of art, travel and coaching are coming together, which has been a goal of mine for a long time.  I bring art and creativity into my coaching work through Expressive Arts, SoulCollage and Intuitive Painting workshops.  I’ve been taking art workshops overseas to feed my artist soul.  I am now planning retreats abroad of my own, bringing those passions together into an offering for other like-minded souls who want to live more artful lives of joy and purpose.  If you are interested, please visit www.coachwithsoul.com.

 


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