Justin (Jai) is from Denver, CO and currently lives in Castle Rock, CO. Jai studied Illustration at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design and received a Masters in Fine Arts with a focus on Painting at Colorado State University. He is currently developing a new body of work along with new art shows.
Jai specializes in painting, illustration, digital art and currently is focused on earthworks and the documentation of the effect of time on art. Jai’s teaching philosophy is to work with students to problem solve towards solutions to creative problems. He works side by side with students to help come up with creative solutions to projects. Additionally, he creates personal connections when he can, especially in the challenging environment of online education.
He loves working with students, learning from them, and learning new things from our diverse student body who have insights from their experiences that bring their uniqueness to the forefront. He enjoys exploring nature through hiking and has four amazing kids who keep him on his toes.
Recent Exhibitions, Significant Work, or Publications:
This most recent series explores man as a blend of the material and the spiritual. These paintings contain three elements: abstract texture; roughened, textural figures and trompe l’oeil effects. This is meant to explore the beauty of matter, form and meaning. The trompe l’oeil effects break out of the picture plane and creates a sense of another world outside of the picture space.
FD 1020 – 2D Design: Elements + Principles, FD 1120 – Topics in Color, FD 1235 – Observational Drawing, FD 1370 – Life Drawing I, FD 1380 – Life Drawing II, FD 1600 – Studio Seminar: Methods of Inquiry, FD 2510 – Special Topics