art with an emphasis on the natural world
​​​BIO: Jennifer Preston Chushcoff is a word nerd with a Halloween heart. She was born and raised in Southern California and continued her trek north after attending UC Berkeley. Jenn has been frolicking in the woods and water of the Pacific Northwest ever since.

She’s an award-winning author, artist and Master Gardener with work in anthologies, journals and children’s books. Her nature-inspired art appears in galleries and private collections. Jenn is excited to connect the South Sound community through the arts organization Creative Colloquy and has enjoyed watching it rise from the waters like a mighty kraken. She was recently awarded a TAIP grant to create a book of her poems, photos and facts called, WA IS WATER.

Though working as both a writer and artist can be challenging, she is thankful she has the opportunity to pursue both, since they inform and enhance each other. For her writing site, visit www.byJenn.com.

Process: Heavily textured, worn surfaces are magical and full of history. I strive to incorporate the look of time into my art. Viewers should dive into the layers, excavating with their eyes. In my current work, I'm focused on capturing a mood. Mixed media and altered photography allow me to share a feeling. Liquid acrylic and resin art are exciting beacuse each piece is a glimpse into another universe. Some become star-spangled galaxies while others look like agate slices. The magic and mystery of our world inspire me every day.

For many mixed media pieces, I create highly-textural surfaces by starting with a plaster base. Once that base layer is dry, I'm able to scrape, sand and gouge. Using a wood panel allows me to work the art hard, literally carving it. Wood-working, pottery tools, found objects, old credit cards – I use lots of things to make interesting marks until I'm satisifed. Layers of embedded objects add interest and the encasutic (hot wax) and resin process allow for luminous depth. 

When I start a new painting I let it unfold, allowing intuition and experience to take over as I respond. The goal is to stay playful and experiment. No matter what is added and subtracted, each layer is integral to the finished piece.

I’m honored to have exhibited in over 30 galleries and museums, with many pieces in private collections.

I’m especially excited about shows that give ​me an opportunity to challenge boundaries, explore new techniques and display my darker, mischievous side. 


Tacoma Arts Month Opening Show, Tacoma Armory, Tacoma, WA 2015
Peninsula Art League Juried Show, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA 2015
Tragically Ever After, Destiny City, Tacoma, WA 2015
Found Photos, The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA, 2015
Invoke the Muse, Spaceworks Tacoma Project, Tacoma, WA, 2014
Maritime Art Exhibition, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA, 2013
Stadium District Art and Wine Walk, The Harmon Taproom, Tacoma, WA, 2013
Proctor Art Walk, Pacific NW Shop, Tacoma, WA, 2013
Requiem for Trees, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA, 2012
Outside Your Comfort Zone, 10th Annual Peninsula Art League Exhibit, Gig Harbor Civic Center, Juror: Rock Hushka, Curator at Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, 2012
Symbolism in Still Life, The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA, 2012
Star Center Grand Opening, Star Center, Tacoma, WA, 2012
Maritime Art Exhibition, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA, 2012
Ribbons of Reflection Pierce County AIDS Foundation, Tacoma, WA, 2012
City Hall Exhibition, two person show, Auburn City Hall, Auburn, WA, 2012
Small Gifts, Big Presents, White River Valley Museum, Auburn, WA, 2011
Proctor Art Walk, Envy Boutique, Tacoma, WA, 2011
Requiem for Trees, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA, 2011
Peninsula Art League Show, Civic Center, Gig Harbor, WA, 2011
Proctor Art Show, Mason United Methodist, Tacoma, WA, 2011
Sweeney Todd Musical, Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood, WA, 2011
Keys to Freedom, solo show, IGA City Grocer, Tacoma, WA, 2011
Urban Forestry Project, Pacific Avenue banner, Tacoma, WA, 2011
Small Gifts, Big Presents, White River Valley Museum, Auburn, WA, 2010
Maritime Art Exhibition, Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, WA, 2010
The Four Points of WA, WA State Historical Society, Permanent Collection,
Tacoma, WA, 2011
Elemental Elegy and Tacoma Transplant, poetry and photography videos on Click TV’s TacomaArt & Culture Channel, Tacoma, WA, 2009-2010
Robert Daniel Gallery, Tacoma, WA, 2009


Brown Trout Press Calendars
Metro Parks Tacoma
Museum of Glass Shop
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Pacific Northwest Magazine
Pierce County Master Gardeners
Portland Monthly Magazine
Sweet Themes Bakery
Urban Garden Company
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Creative Colloquy, PR and Events Committee
Peninsula Art League
Peninsula Writers’ Association, past Vice President and board member
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Two Waters Arts Alliance

Harbor History Museum, Joe Award
Moonbeam Award, Gold Medal
Moonbeam Award,  Bronze Medal
Pierce County Volunteer Award
Proctor Art Show, Honorary Mention
Spaceworks Tacoma Grant

Star Center Art Competition, Finalist
Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) Grant