This painting makes me feel calm. I look at it while I work at my computer and feel at peace and in control. I can reflect on the painting and not feel stressed out, but focused on my work. The painting was purposefully hung above my computer so I can look at and feel at peace with what I am working on.
Jena Thomas’s fictional landscapes explore the ways in which mankind alters the natural world. She is interested in how human beings idealize what nature is, and then use this as a basis to create artificial environments. Displaced human debris and manmade constructs such as pools, patios, and golf courses are featured prominently in her work and serve as visceral boundary lines between the fabricated and the organic. Rich color and surface texture attribute to her creation of a luscious otherworld where the imagined is entangled with reality.