Jennifer started Brushwork Impressions last year and its been growing ever since! She is incredibly talented artist and her work reveals natures beauty. Jennifer’s husband is in the Air Force and they currently are stationed at Hill, Air Force Base in Layton, Utah. They love Utah and the scenic views! All their travels are one of the biggest inspirations driving Brushwork Impressions.
When did you start your business & what made you decide this career path? My business is exceptionally young, just started in September of 2020. I don’t think I can call it a career path yet. I would say it started as an intriguing concept, then morphed into a hobby, then onto passion, and now it’s nearing obsession! I have lots planned for Brushwork Impressions to include children’s books in the future.
Where have you lived and what has been your favorite base so far? Well funny enough, my father was also active duty until I left for college, and we moved about every 2 years while growing up, so Utah is my 11th state to live in and my 13th move. Utah is my 4th state with my husband. It’s so hard to choose a favorite. Every base has its perks and its challenges. Even harder to weigh is the memories made at each base. If I had to choose one during my husband’s career thus far, I would choose Utah. We knew it was a neat place before we got here, but no photos, blogs, or word of mouth does this state justice. There is just no way to truly understand how incredible the opportunities for adventure here are until you dive in head-first. It’s a great state to raise a family in. Our two young daughters have been on at least 75 miles worth of trails and 3 national parks with us in the last year alone; our Utah travels are one of the biggest inspirations driving Brushwork Impressions.
What is the biggest challenge of being a military spouse and pursuing your career? Before giving birth to our first daughter, my career was in economic and community development. I absolutely loved it, but my husband and I both understood early on that his career would provide constant complicating turns in the road. Due to unpredictable daily schedules, planned or unplanned TDY’s, deployments where he is fully absent, and moving states, schools, social structures, we agreed we wanted at least one thing to be constant in our kids’ lives, and that constant would be me. A military members’ lifestyle often doesn’t lend itself well to “give and take.” Should I pursue my career again outside of the home, I wouldn’t always be able to call my husband and ask him to pick up the kids if I’m running late or have extra work. Based on the realities and requirements of his job, I must be very okay being extra flexible with planning family events, taking care of the house, and all the other “normal” things that go along with raising a family, on top of starting a brand-new business.
What are your other hobbies? We love the outdoors! We love to hike, boat and camp.
What are some benefits of being a military spouse as a business owner? The community! The military community seems huge at times and small at others, but it is incredibly uplifting and supportive. As a businessperson, if you can ensure you take good care of one military client, in my opinion you’re guaranteed to get at least 5 more. Military families go off referrals… we want to know who is good and we want to know quickly, whether it be a hairdresser, a realtor, or an accountant. Prove yourself to be trustworthy, hard-working, knowledgeable and reliable, and your business will grow thanks to this awesome community.
If you could, what advice would you give yourself when you first started your business? Not to be so critical of myself.
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Head Shot: Virginia Weber
Jet Photo: Meghan Sangiacomo Photography