Artist Jen Lobo feels most at ease in nature. Her semi-realistic style, melds her love for drawing and painting with her insatiable curiosity and admiration for animals. “I try to replicate that love in paintings while also exploring human nature, personalities, and relationships.” says Jen. In the Pacific Northwest of the United States (Portland, Oregon) Jen and her brood have settled on a little island with woody forests, deer and many, many birds. The island, part agriculture and part wildlife reserve, is as diverse as it is beautiful. It is also the inspiration for Jen’s JOCO cup design for the artist series collection. “I wanted the piece to have a woodsy feel to it and reflect the feel of the island we are living on.” says Jen, “Once the sun goes down, it is so completely dark. There are no streetlights, no businesses, and few homes. On clear nights, the sky is lit up with stars. Owls seemed like an appropriate choice to accompany that scene.” The trio of owls are less common species and include the striped owl, the buffy fish owl and the ferruginous pygmy owl. All unique birds illustrated huddled up so that at first glance you cannot tell where one ends, and the other begins. The JOCO artist series cups are available online, in February 2014.