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Jen Norton

Jen Norton

San Jose, CA

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Jen Norton is a native Californian who spent her teen years in Arizona. Jen returned to the Bay Area for college, graduating in 1987 from Santa Clara University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art, with a Minor in Business.

Painfully shy as a child, Jen was unable to communicate with anyone outside her family except through drawing. Visual language was her first language and she never lost her passion for its ability to communicate for her. There was never a day she "decided" to become an artist. For Jen, there was just no other way to be.

After graduating from college, Jen worked as a Graphic Designer for CKS Partners in Cupertino. Developing marketing communications materials helped push her from purely personal expression to full conversation. After a ten years as a graphic designer, Jen left to pursue painting and raise her daughter. Meaningful relationships and everyday moments of family and home are her subject matter, revealing the Jesuit principles of finding God in the everyday and mundane that were instilled in her education.

Jen works in acrylic, using expressive color, texture and pattern to reveal the sublime in the ordinary. She begins each painting with underlying layers of intense hues and expressive brushwork, which gradually become hidden from view as the painting progresses. These underlying layers are important to the depth of the final work, just as years of spiritual growth are to a well-rounded soul. Jen seeks to develop order and beauty from chaos. Jen believes that through art, one can hear the whisper of a mighty Creator. Her intention is that her art may cause you to pause and listen.

 

Turnip and Chard Concerto by Jen Norton

 

Highway with Fog by Jen Norton

 

Eye of the Storm by Jen Norton

 

Twelve Colorful Foods Collage by Jen Norton

 

Tahoe Tides by Jen Norton

 

Windblown Colorful Fall Tree by Jen Norton

 

One More Run by Jen Norton

 

Tomato Soup Recipe by Jen Norton

 

Circle Dancer by Jen Norton

 

Yellow Cake Recipe by Jen Norton

 

School of Apples by Jen Norton

 

America by Jen Norton

 

All Are Gathered by Jen Norton

 

And They are Off by Jen Norton

 

Pig Racing in Belturbet Ireland by Jen Norton

 

Orchard Edge by Jen Norton

 

Supper at 5pm by Jen Norton

 

Cauliflower March by Jen Norton

 

Cool Summer Salad by Jen Norton

 

Sleeping Persian Cat on Red Sofa by Jen Norton

 

Four Persimmons by Jen Norton

 

Pick Me by Jen Norton

 

This is the Day to Rejoice by Jen Norton

 

Fa Caldo Troppo Guidare by Jen Norton

 

Rhythm of the Bay by Jen Norton

 

Vista Point by Jen Norton

 

Approach to Riomaggiore by Jen Norton

 

Fig Biscotti Recipe by Jen Norton

 

California Coastal Vineyards and Sail Boat by Jen Norton

 

Yellow Tomato Baskets by Jen Norton

 

Irish Brown Bread by Jen Norton

 

Lines Crossed by Jen Norton

 

Grandmas Bread Recipe by Jen Norton

 

Lullaby by Jen Norton

 

Pondering the Cosmos by Jen Norton

 

Wine Woman and Song by Jen Norton

 

Bee Happy by Jen Norton

 

Salinas Tapestry by Jen Norton

 

Pepperoni Pizza by Jen Norton

 

No Blue Notes by Jen Norton

 

JN126 Shelter 2 by Jen Norton

 

Shelter 1 by Jen Norton

 

Magical Storybook by Jen Norton

 

Green Flip Flops by Jen Norton

 

Pink Flip Flops by Jen Norton