ABOUT

Drawing from a love of play and building, much of Jennifer Tenace’s work focuses on nature and what it means to be at home.  Her passion for nature resonates with her spiritually as she sees all life as inter-connected, and how important it is to care for everything and everyone as a whole.

Drawing from a love of play and building, much of Jennifer Tenace’s work focuses on nature and what it means to be at home.  Her passion for nature resonates with her spiritually as she sees all life as inter-connected, and how important it is to care for everything and everyone as a whole.

STATEMENT​

My work originates from a love and experience of nature. As I began painting with a desire to mimic certain physical characteristics of natural environments, I realized that during the process of painting, I was actually feeling an experience of nature.  Rather than painting something to appear like nature, I now seek to embody the living act of nature, with no separations between myself, my work and nature.

Because of this experience of nature within the process of painting, I associate my work with landscape painting, even though my recent works are abstract in appearance.  I see how my actions through painting are an outlet for me to let go and play in my own created landscape.  My art is more about the process of painting rather than a painting reaching a stage that is final, much as a landscape in nature is always alive, always undergoing a process of change — a building up of circumstances, events, influences and memories.  In many ways, such landscapes reflect my struggles in life…to slow down, to put things together in a way that is direct and to live in the present moment.  I strive to put it all down on the panel, allowing the painting to always be in the act of creation, as there is always a constant adding and taking away from the panel.  

Each work becomes a model of a lifestyle for me, teaching me to pay attention to what is before me in the present and how to react based on instinct and feeling.  As nature is always in the present moment, always in the act of, we are also acting upon our own moments and thus also always in creation.


EDUCATION

1998-2001   BFA, Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA
1996-1998   University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2010

  • Process, Brett Rubbico Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

2009

  • Mid City Studio Artist Tours, Long Beach, CA
  • Abstracts of Nature, solo show, Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA
  • Selected Curiosities, Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA

2008

  • United Coalition to Protect Panhe Art Auction Benefit, San Clemente, CA
  • Idle Refuge, The Artery, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Tosti Studios Photography and Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
  • Contrasts, World Gallery Art, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM
  • Abstract EXPOsure, January 2008 Juried Exhibition, www.abstractexposure.com

2007

  • Maison Rouge Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Small Works, SCA Project Gallery, Pomona, CA
  • Rainey Fine Art Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
  • Pastel Project Gallery, Lake Elsinore, CA

2004

  • Sol Art Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
  • The Portrayer, Sol Art Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
  • E Gallery, Pomona, CA
  • Centered on the Center, Huntington Beach Fine Arts Center, Huntington Beach, CA

2003

  • Angels Gate Fine Art Center, San Pedro, CA

2001

  • Ekstrom Studio, Emerging Artists Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA