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Jen Norton
San Jose, CA

About the Artist

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 wo…

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About the Artist

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.

Artist’s Work

Bow down
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Bow Down

By Jen Norton

Yellow cake recipe
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Yellow Cake Recipe

By Jen Norton

Approach to riomaggiore
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Approach to Riomaggiore

By Jen Norton

Gelato counter
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Gelato Counter

By Jen Norton

Rejoice
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Rejoice!

By Jen Norton

Oranges on orange blossom painted pattern
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Oranges on Orange Blossom Painted Pattern

By Jen Norton

Lines crossed
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Lines Crossed

By Jen Norton

Coastal pinot and chardonnay
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Coastal Pinot and Chardonnay

By Jen Norton

Yellow tomato baskets
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Yellow Tomato Baskets

By Jen Norton

Neahkahnie sunset
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Neahkahnie Sunset

By Jen Norton

Monterossa afternoon
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Monterossa Afternoon

By Jen Norton

Afternoon sail
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Afternoon Sail

By Jen Norton

Hail mary
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Hail Mary

By Jen Norton

All are gathered crop 2
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All Are Gathered (crop 2)

By Jen Norton

Calaveras azucar y pan dulce
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Calaveras Azucar y Pan Dulce

By Jen Norton

Turnip and chard concerto
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Turnip and Chard Concerto

By Jen Norton

Fa caldo troppo guidare too hot to ride
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Fa Caldo Troppo Guidare (Too Hot to Ride)

By Jen Norton

Buckwheat flowers
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Buckwheat Flowers

By Jen Norton

Cauliflower march
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Cauliflower March

By Jen Norton

And theyre off
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And They’re Off!

By Jen Norton

Little tomatoes
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Little Tomatoes

By Jen Norton

Lemons on a branch
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Lemons on a Branch

By Jen Norton

Preparation
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Preparation

By Jen Norton

Apples on a branch
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Apples on a Branch

By Jen Norton

Finishing touch
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Finishing Touch

By Jen Norton

Santa cruz beach boardwalk
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

By Jen Norton

Four persimmons
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Four Persimmons

By Jen Norton

All are gathered crop 1
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All Are Gathered (crop 1)

By Jen Norton

Pick me
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Pick Me!

By Jen Norton

Pig racing in belturbet ireland
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Pig Racing in Belturbet (Ireland)

By Jen Norton

Selected Exhibitions

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
    Santa Cruz, CA, 2011
  • The California Museum
    Sacramento, CA, 2010
  • Int'l Society of Acrylic Painters
    online, 2010
  • Kaleid Gallery
    San Jose, CA, 2008
  • Triton Museum of Art
    Santa Clara, CA, 2007

Press and Accolades

  • San Jose Creatives blog feature
    January 29, 2012
  • San Jose Mercury/SF Chronicle "Lifestyle" feature
    April 25, 2010
  • NBC 11 Feature segment
    August, 2004

Education

  • Santa Clara University, Fine Art
    Santa Clara, CA,1987