Jasperson decided to take on this formidable winter with a warm coat of paint and a decent set of palette knives. This exhibition of recent works focuses on memories of many winters past and present. The locations are Canadian; every where from British Columbia, Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron to Algonquin Park. Her subjects remain the same; times and places spent with family and friends. This time, however, many of paintings are blanketed with a layer of snow. Different subjects required different styles to evoke the feelings Jasperson was trying to convey, from the transparent drizzled washes on still planes of water to the thick impasto effects used to create the drifts of snow against dark, wintery woods.
Jasperson's intention is to recapture the fleeting moments of a late afternoon when the sun is low and the shadows are long. The subject matter includes; JJ's friends, family members, herself, a beautiful farm in Fergus, a weekend in Eugenia, vistas from Northern Ontario and finally some rather fantastic hounds. These moments, though now lost to time, have been carefully reconstructed within her canvases. Influenced by her textile design background and love of dance, JJ sets out to deliberately create visual rhythms & patterns. She will revisit a composition many times because it is fun to just paint it again. Though seemingly spontaneous, her application of paint & colour is purposeful with her intent to evoke the joy she derives from her remembered subjects, and her desire to prolong the feeling of time spent with those she loves in the surroundings she cherishes.
Jasperson was born in Toronto. She received her BA (Honours English) from Bishops University and her Communication and Design Degree from OCAD. She worked for 10 years as a graphic designer, textile designer and illustrator, in both the corporate and retail sector. She then took a hiatus to raise her triplet daughters who have brought her much joy, and much subject matter to explore.
JJ Jasperson's finished canvases are done in oil paints. Her preparatory sketches are in watercolour. She uses her photocopier, i-phone, Mac & printer to play around with her sketches to create a final composition which she will then reinterpret on canvas in oil paints. This technique allows her to be deliberate in composition & technique while remaining fresh and playful in her approach.
Summer Light is JJ Jasperson's first solo oil painting exhibition. It encompasses a body of work done by Jasperson through 2015-2016. There is a relationship between all of the paintings that evokes a sense of exotic, local vacations, and time spent with loved ones. The subject matter is nostalgic and whimsically biographical; of self, family and friends. As each painting progresses, Jasperson has freely let her imagination embellish and play with the narrative and subject matter. She is a firm believer of "make believe" and enjoys a good quip. She loves lush colours and is always happy to be able to paint.
Jasperson was born in Toronto. She received her BA (Honours English) from Bishops University and her BA in Communication and Design from OCAD. She worked for 10 years as a graphic designer, textile designer and illustrator, in both the corporate and retail sector. She then took a hiatus to raise her triplet daughters who have brought her much joy, and lot of new subject matter to explore.