Jen Renzel

SAN JOSE, CA
JOINED: September, 2022

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“I love mixed media — I’m the queen of too many art supplies and too many ideas.”

My greatest joy is letting my imagination run wild on paper. Things from my dreams, images from science fiction books, old toys, and monster movies I loved as a kid comprise my working cast of characters. I “lose time” while drawing and painting, and my hope is that viewers lose a little time trying to figure out my work and come up with their own interpretation. I am a self-taught, mixed-media artist living in Silicon Valley. I recently became a full time artist after retiring from high tech. Now my day job never stresses me out and always makes me happy. I love mixed media — I’m the queen of too many art supplies and too many ideas.

Examples of My Work

Favorite Music

Diplo, X, Cat Stevens

Favorite Christmas Movie

The Exorcist

Transportation

I had a Ducati Monster in my younger days.

Collecting

I have a wonderful collection of vintage and antique miniatures including gumball and cereal charms, porcelain figurines, science fiction critters, Space Kiddles, robots, and so forth.

Awards

Most valuable player on my high school softball and tennis teams

How do you come up with titles for your pieces?

I finish a piece first and put it aside for a couple of hours if not longer. When I look at it with fresh eyes, a title usually pops into my head. Otherwise, I brainstorm with my wife.

What other non-artist jobs have you had?

My first official job was as a cashier and florist at the mall! Next came a job doing all night photo processing, then airport security, then assembly line work at FMC, finally, I got my college degree and became a software technical writer.

If your life had a theme song, which song would it be?

Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus. (I’m still a goth at heart …)
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