A hairdresser and colorist for 30 years, Jynja started painting in 1986, mainly to prove to herself that she was good at mixing color. She successfully used 5 colors to reproduce photos of " Grandma's Garden" and "Broken Wing."
In 2004, she became interested in stone sculpting, gradually moving into concrete sculpture and mosaics, with building a few memorials of pets that had passed, and a 11 ft. giraffe and 6 ft. polar bear, for Utah's Hogle Zoo's charity auction.
Her life partner is a tile contractor. With his mentoring, and an abundance of tile remnants at hand, she finds that she really enjoys recycling leftovers.
In 2007 her New Year resolution was to create a significant body of work that would find it's way into a gallery. She reached that goal when her sculptures "Harlequin Hound and his Cat-as-Trophies" were put on display in the School of Medicine, Hallside Gallery, at the University of Utah.
Recently (2008) she created a Dimetrodon Loveseat and 2 (7 ft.) DNA strands for the University of Utah, Museum of Natural History's charity auction.
2005 - Silver Queen Hotel, Park City, UT
2006 - Williams Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT
2007 - Hallside Gallery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
2008 - Smiling Dog Deli, Belvue, ID
Zabby Cat - Small Kitty
Abbey Dog (black Lab) (commissioned)
Small End Tables (southwestern)
Zeus Table (commissioned)
Planter Table (commisioned)
Bird Bath Foutain (commmissioned)
Greenman Pot (commissioned)
Charity Auctions and in Private Collection:
Hogle Zoo Charity Auction - Giraffe (Kasaru)
Hogle Zoo Charity Auction - Polar Bear (Ande)
Museum of Natural History Charity Auction - Dinosaur Bench (Di metro Don)
Museum of Natural History Charity Auction - DNA strand
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Salt Lake City, UT 84103
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