ABOUT

Children's Book Author Jennifer Preston Chushcoff

Jenn's visual art has been exhibited from the west coast to London in dozens of galleries, site-specific installations and public collections. She is excited to add to her experience curating public art projects, bringing artists and community together in meaningful ways. 

Her writing spans many genres, from children's picture books to life-style articles to collections of ecological poetry. She is a hybrid author, with both traditionally-published and independently created work, experienced at creating and designing books from start to finish, acting as editor, art director and publisher.

EDUCATION

Jenn graduated with a B.A. in Art History from UC Berkeley. She takes courses in creative writing and attends professional conferences as an active participant in SCBWI WWA. In 2005, she became a certified Washington State University Master Gardener.​

EXPERIENCE

WRITING

Jenn’s writing experience includes fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Her writing has appeared on television, in art galleries, anthologies, magazines, a letterpress print and in her award-winning books, Snowflakes, Easter Numbers and WA is Water.

 

There's nothing that pleases her more than connecting with readers and writers through story.

ART

Jenn is a painter, photographer and digital designer. She's completed art installations in large buildings, window displays and pop-up art shows.

Her work sells as both fine art, and in commercial and editorial markets. Her paintings and prints are in private collections and have been featured in galleries and art exhibits. Fine art prints are available for sale online. Her commercial work appears in magazines, calendars, maps, brochures, and websites. 

​I descend from a line of clever, inquisitive people. My grandfather was a self-taught engineer, held multiple patents and worked for NASA, helping design satellites and moon rover vehicles. When I was little, he allowed me to sit as his drafting table and use his special instruments to play pretend. Perhaps because of him, space exploration has always fascinated me.

 

The natural world and scientific discovery are a constant source of inspiration and wonder. These interests naturally led me to investigating the mind and body connection. My work explores this webbed interrelationship and the implications of a dysfunctional network, illustrated by stress-induced health issues to pharmacological proliferation to water pollution.

 

Regardless of theme, I'm excited to act as a conduit to collaboration by creating a safe place for expression and discussion. Working as a curator for art exhibitions allows me to showcase regional, Pacific Northwest artists. In these difficult times, creating virtual exhibitions and forums helps keep the conversation going.

 

I was also born with a Halloween heart. My fun, spooky stories for kids are written by my alter ego, The Fairy Gothmother. She invented the Halloween Hunt to scare children and eat candy. If you'd like to learn more about her, click here.

Jennifer Preston Chushcoff photographer, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge