Pure Pleasure – Jen Raynes

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

111 Cooper Street

Santa Cruz

Not unlike the release of energy from a gratifying morning stretch…my new series is a release of creative expression.  I have expanded from my primary focus of animals to a new genre; Nudes! 

My nudes dwell in a surreal landscape where they pose without fear and pose the question; “How can we embrace our vulnerability and resistance cohesively?” At a point in time where women’s bodies are under attack, this series offers strength, beauty and boundary – Look but don’t touch!   For me, my nude series is expression at my core.  I’m sure I’m not alone in my fascination with the female form.  I interpret feminine beauty by incorporating vibrant color and geometric slices with mood.  Each line has placidity and attitude.

 This is my first time sharing my Nude Abstract Series with the public. I will have them displayed on the walls of Pure Pleasure located in downtown Santa Cruz on Friday, June 2, 2017 as part of First Friday Art Walk through June 30th.  Also included in this exhibit are the animals and ocean waves I am best known for.  Created with wild colors swirling across the canvas, these paintings are my first loves. The nudes are my new lover!

 I am thrilled to be exhibiting my new style alongside some of my “tamer” animal paintings. I hope to see you there.   – Jen Raynes

June, June Downtown
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