Jennifer Koach has been trotting around the world for decades–with her paintbrush in hand–capturing the backward glance of a mother eyeing her son in a Senegalese market, an elderly Italian women sitting on her front stoop or children playing on the beach. “I’ve always been drawn to the figure as I’m drawn to people more than scenery. I’ve had the good fortune to live in beautiful places like Switzerland and Hong Kong, but it has always been the people that have captivated me,” she explains.
Her career started by studying studio art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked as an interior designer and antiques dealer after studying at Sotheby’s in London. She always continued to paint – theater sets, wall murals, wall textures, fabrics, as well as on canvas. After living in Switzerland for more than a decade, she has come home to the south and makes her home in Charleston, S.C.
She often will paint a series. One such series is called TheWhite Towel Series. Using a palette knife and a paintbrush, she depicts nudes in oil on newspaper in multiple languages. A white towel is always present, but it’s not used to hide behind. “I want to celebrate the acceptance that women have of their own bodies and their confidence. This is a very important subject in today’s world.”
In another series–Homes with Attitude—Jennifer breathes life into the architecture of Charleston. Her paintings reflect the beauty and personality of the city in her own distinctive style.
Boobs and Booze captures the friendship of woman as they sip their favorite cocktails in their favorites places.
Nowadays, you will frequently find her in her gallery in Charleston or in New York, where she often studies at the Art Students’ League. For inspiration, she likes to secretly take pictures of people going about their everyday life. You may be her next subject!
She a juried member of the Charleston Artist Guild, the Guilds of both Seabrook and Kiawah Island, S.C., Oil Painters of America, American Impressionistic Society, and Women Painters of the Southeast.
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