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Jennifer "Jen" Evenhus is a nationally recognized award-winning artist, naturally drawn to patterns, shapes, and movement found in everyday objects and landscapes, translating those into eye-stopping contemporary impressionist and abstract works of art, capturing their essence with simplification, exaggeration and bold use of color. The process, or journey, of painting with the exploration, risks, failures and triumphs is her impetus to provide the viewer with emotions and memories that her contemporary paintings evoke. Jen’s work is recognized by its dynamic composition and confident application of pastel or oil. Jen says her favorite medium is pastel because it is direct, brilliant, you don’t have to spend time mixing paint and they don’t dry on the palette, perfect for her busy lifestyle. Jennifer is honored to have achieved Pastel Society of America Master Pastelist, International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle membership, Northwest Pastel Society Distinguished Pastelist, and Pastel Society of the West Coast Signature Member. Her most recent accolade is the IAPS Master Circle Gold Medal which she will receive at the pastel convention in Albuquerque in June 2017. Her work is published in magazines such as the Pastel Journal, American Artist and PSA Pastelagram, and online blogs and sites. Jennifer works hard to keep her work fresh and cutting edge by competing against top artists throughout the country in many national exhibits each year such as the Pastel Society of the West Coast online exhibit; The Pastel 100 sponsored by the Pastel Journal magazine; the NPS International Open Exhibit in Tacoma, WA; IAPS International Exhibit in Albuquerque; Pastel Society of America Annual International Juried Exhibition in New York City; 1st Annual UArt Pastel Paper online juried show, and IAPS online shows among others. Jennifer is a popular national workshop instructor, giving “The Beauty of Imperfection” pastel workshops for beginner through advanced students. Jen has become well-known for her 10-minute pastel paintings, completing a painting in just 10 minutes, which forces her to focus on composition, value, shapes and movement and most important, to not overwork, a great exercise she uses with her workshop students.