Art by Jena Schmidt

 

My work has various layers of meaning but on an elemental level, its composed of three veins of thought. One being my environmental concerns, second my response to the spiritual nature of the earth, and third being a desire to see and create a new type of landscape painting. I tend to think about my paintings in terms of verbs and movement. Forms extract and unearth while geometric lines race to highlight tree lines, mountain ridges, snowfall and rock formations. Rivers turn into waterfalls, mountains tower above valleys, winter snow quenches the summer fire. All elements seem to be pulled into place by an invisible structure.  My artwork seeks an internal balance derived from environmental juxtapositions. 

Jena is a full time artist with a BFA in painting from Brigham Young University. She lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah.