Image: Fall #1 by Jennifer Polnaszek
“We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty. – Junichiro Tanizaki ” . My work is informed by the relationship between shadow and substance, shape and form, light and dark, value and hue. My primary focus is the human form, the outward expression of attitude and emotion, that magic thread that connects us one to another.
Jennifer Polnaszek came to Texas from rural Wisconsin where she worked in the medical profession as both a physician assistant and a registered nurse.
She studied art at the University of New Mexico and University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and has continued her studies at the Southwest School of Art and the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. Polnaszek works in oil, watercolor, graphite, and printmaking. Particularly drawn to the human form and in documenting the human experience through her work, she is influenced by both her love of biological science and anthropology.
In addition to participating in numerous exhibitions in the Austin-San Antonio area, Polnaszek has received awards for oil painting at the Southwest School of Art and at the Round Rock Arts Imagine and BIG exhibitions at Texas State University . She has received awards for watercolor at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, TWS, and Waterloo Watercolor Society.. She has been featured in the publication SPLASH 15. She has shown work at the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Texas Watercolor Society, International Watermedia Exhibit – Houston, Texas State University-Round Rock and Waterloo Watercolor Group juried exhibitions, and at Georgetown Arts Center.
She has had instruction with Vincent Valdez, Chris Sauter, Mira Hnatyshyn, Sylvia Benitez, Jeannette McDougall, Margaret Craig, James Tisdale, Rick Dentinger, Janice Hindes, Brad Braune, Frank Eber, Birgit O’Connor, and Jennifer Balkan