"I love colours and patterns, but more than decoration there seems to be meaning infused in the lines, shapes and elements adorning these portraits, like secrets hidden in plain sight," Jen explains.
"Sometimes I recognize the things from my own life and experience woven in but I try to let the lines and shapes of the faces become what they will. The slowness of the stitches and the subconscious imagery triggers a deeper memory of our ancient nature while being inspired by graffiti, pop art and psychedelic design.
"This show features local people as well as some that are internationally known. Locally, I have had the pleasure of adorning the faces of Katie Wilhelm, Debbie Jamieson, Felicia Hunter, Jennifer Squires, Rachel Larivee, and Allyson Proulx (otherwise known as Lefty Smudges). A Pair’s Three, which is a local folk/pop band, is also displayed and will be using this work for their new album cover! I’m also hoping Justin Bieber uses my piece on his next album too."
"The women in the hand made white frames are all heroes in my eyes. I call this collection “American Goddess” as I feel they demonstrate all the amazing traits and personalities of strong, intelligent and caring women who tap into the divine feminine."
The American Goddess series includes portraits of Amelia Earhart (pilot), Angela Davis (activist), Buffy Sainte-Marie (musician), Eleanor Roosevelt (socialist), Ella Fitzgerald (singer), Frida Khalo (painter), Georgia O’Keefe (painter), Maya Angelou (poet), and Rosa Parks (activist).