The First Vinyl Stegoforest Release

Pictures of the first painted vinyl Stegoforest are here, and it is now available to purchase in both painted, and unpainted!

you can get one here!

I can’t believe that this project started almost 5 years ago O_O

New Work, Stegoforest Vinyl & More


…Change is definitely in the air. The weather in Portland this week has even felt spring-like, or maybe it is just my attitude. Living in Portland the last three years has been great, but I fear my comfort here is starting to to turn into laziness. Before I let that take a hold of me, Shanley and I have decided to uproot and do some worldly exploration. I have no doubts that this will lead to many positive changes in my life and art. The fact that it is scary tells me so…


February 6th is the last show we will be hosting at The Hollow. We will be sad to see it go, but hope to open up again some day in the future after we return from our travels.
Our last show will feature art by Shanley and me. Be sure to stop by and say goodbye! The show goes from 6pm-10pm. 328 NW Broadway #115.

I don’t normally put discounts on my art, but since we are moving across the country I would like to get rid of as much as possible before then.
If there are any works you are interested in please email me at and we can discuss the price. You can see what is available here


Because we are moving in February I will no longer have access to a printer to make my art prints. I plan to get a new one, but that might not happen until 2015 (if at all.)

If you would like to get a print from me, please order one before the last week of February. You can see what is available on my etsy.

I had another one of my drawings made into a t-shirt. You can get one on my etsy.

This week I received the first vinyl Stegoforest in the mail for approval. Everything looks good which means by the end of next month I will have the first release ready.
You can preorder one now at the bottom of


“Moving Through The Water” 24″x48″ on wood. My first piece of 2014.

End Of The Year

2013 was a great year, and I am excited for everything that will happen in 2014. I have lot’s of plans for the new year. Move back to Chicago for a few years, trips to Alaska, South America, and New Zealand, new vinyl toys, and lots of paintings.

Here are my last two pieces for the year..

“The Transformative Power Of Rain” – 36″x48″ acrylic, pencil & pastel on wood

this second piece is a print paint-over of the piece above. I made a giclee print on heavy water color paper, and then painted on top of it to make it a new original. If you turn the piece clockwise 90 degrees you can see the owl underneath.

“Bear Eats 10 Raindrops” – 13″x19″ acrylic & pencil on paper

Start of Winter

As the season begins to the change, I am feeling that yearly desire to hibernate and not work on art much. I returned from my road trip a week ago, and have only done one drawing in the past month. I say this not as a complaint, but as something I have noticed the past few years. I think it usually takes me a month or two to get used to this shift before I get back into art mode. After this initial period of laziness, I find the winter time very inspiring. The cold and the gray can get depressing at times, but I mostly find it peaceful, calming and contemplative. The forms in my paintings all live in this time. Some people say my art looks dark, and that I draw monsters, but to me they are all soothing. I look at my work throughout the year and it brings me back to a day like today. There is a breeze outside, and gray light fills my room as I sit quietly drawing in bed with my blanket bundled around me. I pause, listening to the silence, and recognize that I am happy. And that moment, where everything is still and quiet, cozy and perfect is where my paintings come from. A whimsical sleepiness.

The Past In The Layers – 9″x12″ on paper


Searching For Water – 9″x12″ on paper

A Bear With 11 Eyes Still Looks For A Home – 9″x12″ on paper


Honeymoon Road Trip

Shanley and I will be going on our honeymoon road trip for the rest of September.

If you would like to follow our trip, you can do so on instagram. My username is @jessenarens


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New Paper Pieces & A Skateboard

I dont know why I decided to call these drawings on my website since there is just as much paint on them as the things I call paintings. I guess something about the small piece of paper compared to the larger pieces of wood make them feel like drawings to me.  In any case… here are some new pieces I recently added to my site.

“Owl Pellet”

“I Can See Through You”

“Raindrops On My Tongue”

“Stepping On Raindrops”

“Throw It All Away”

“Touching Rain”

“Sometimes I Don’t Get You”

“We Came From The Sea, But The Whales Lost Their Legs To Return To The Water”








Live Paint at The Hollow Gallery

At the end of this month from August 31st-September 2nd I will be hosting a live paint event at The Hollow Gallery in downtown Portland, OR.

Art in the Pearl is happening a block away, so if you happen to be in town for the art festival, be sure to walk over to the gallery. I will be painting alongside Jesse Reno and Davey Cadaver.

12pm-6pm. Same time for all three days.

You will also be able to check out all of the art inside the gallery as well.