About me

My story

the short version:

  • I am an artist, daydreamer and chronic doodler
  • Currently creating small works of art with recycled materials
  • Favorite media to paint with watercolor and acrylic paint
  • Enjoy painting large and on a small scale
  • Painting landscapes is a favorite of mine, it creates a feeling of peace
  • Illustrated a children’s book, Sweeter Than Honey
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The full story

Growing up in Philadelphia, with its rich traditions, vibrant city life and unique neighborhoods, has inspired much of my artwork today. A graduate of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, with a B.F.A in Illustration, I was surrounded by a wonderful artistic environment of art galleries, museums, theaters and historic landmarks. The experiences gained at school led me to begin my career as a scenic painter for theater productions. I trained at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, painting larger-than-life backdrops, scenery and props for a season. I continued to work on other productions at venues including the Arden theatre and the Society Hill Playhouse.

A South Philadelphia tradition, the Mummers Day Parade has roots in the city for over 100 years. This televised parade is made up of a fun, eclectic array of string bands, performers and comic clubs that march along the streets in Center City and South Philadelphia on New Year’s Day. I am third-generation involved with the Mummers Parade; for over 25 years, I have designed and painted large-scale backdrops and props for individual clubs. The interesting work environment and tight deadlines challenge me creatively; it keeps me on my toes to the very end.

Today, I live in Roxborough with my husband, daughter and a cat named Cookie. Roxborough is a lovely neighborhood in Philadelphia that I call “the hills of Philly.” My new neighborhood inspires my current work, including my cityscape and landscape paintings. The vibrant culture of Philadelphia is a part of me and my art, just as my art and I are part of it. 

When I am not collaborating with other artists or creating commissioned art, I enjoy making jewelry. I paint and sell one of a kind mixed media art pendants. The mini works of wearable art include landscape paintings and my favorite artist, Frida Kahlo, from my Frida collection. My jewelry is sold on Etsy @JensImaginings and at pop-up shops around Philadelphia. 

Creating art for me is about a visual journey, the emotion it conveys, and the connections made through the work I put forth. 

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