Joshua Jenkins was born on April 14, 1987, in Willingboro, NJ. Primarily raised and home-schooled in Poughkeepsie, NY, he experienced the northern grit of diverse culture, urban decay, and, most importantly, acclaimed museums of the big city. During the summers, however, Jenkins spent time with his father in central Kentucky, which he would call home during his high school years. His experiences in the easygoing backwoods of the south contrasted with the fast-paced life of the north, a dichotomy that would greatly influence his artistic work later in life.
Jenkins uses painting as a source of therapy for coping with the stresses of life, challenges with self-identity, difficulties with romance, and struggles with religion. Looking at his body of work you can see that he focuses on colors and figurative distortion to portray a mood of substantial emotion. Jenkins uses unabashed brush strokes with bold outlines that are influenced by street art and the Expressionist Art movement.