Pacific Northwest artist Jesse Narens creates mixed media paintings which capture the atmosphere of the forest and dense layering of plant and animal life that are in a never ending forward movement of parallel growth and decay. The paintings mirror these feelings through an intuitive process involving many layers. Seemingly vital forms are often painted over creating space for new forms to emerge, sometimes leaving ghostly reminders of what was once there before.
"Nature is the only place where I feel I can completely clear my mind. The combination of my time spent hiking or sitting on the beach with my intuitive painting process has given me a way to access thoughts and feelings within myself that I don't think I would be aware of without. I also hope that my work will inspire others to reconnect with nature in their own way creating a larger network of people that care about protecting the environment."
Ongoing - Yard Dog Gallery - Austin, Texas
Ongoing - Riversea Gallery - Astoria, OR
Sept-Dec - Solo Show - Rontoms - Portland, OR
June 8th 2018 - Lincoln City Cultural Center - Lincoln City, OR
Aug-Sept 2018 - Acadia Bistro - Portland, OR
Sept 2018 - "Half Earth" group show - True Measure Gallery - Portland, OR
Nov-Dec 2018 - SE Albina Press - Portland, OR