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JEN HERLING

Jen focused seriously on ballet and modern dance throughout her childhood and adult life. She has a BA in Performance Art from the University of MD. She dabbled in visual art throughout her life, but has very little formal training. In May 2015 she took an on-line art class that awoke her creative nature, and propelled her into the world of two dimensional art. No stranger to discipline, she has dedicated herself to a demanding studio practice, and the creation of her business. In addition, Jen has an elementary teaching license, and has taught youth and adults in numerous settings for the last twenty years. 

Artist Statement

My latest body of work reflects a continued integration of classical and contemporary aesthetics. I wish to combine elements of realism and surrealism in order to create a bizarre yet harmonious relationship that makes the imaginative believable. While I play within and between these worlds, the subject matter of my work remains steadfast in its depiction of women and children who reflect a variety of emotions and conjure an elusive yet familiar time and place within the viewer. Finally, much of my recent work is in response to America’s current social/political/environmental crisis. In particular the subjugation of women and children by our current administration.