Jenna was born and raised in the fishing town of Scituate. As far back as she remembers she fished, painted and drew fish. She has used a vast palate of things found in nature or borrowed from her environment to create in all forms. “Gyotaku” is Japanese for fish rubbing, which was used by fisherman to record their catch. This old art form connects her passion for fishing, art and home decor. Every fish caught comes with a fish story. In each unique print, I am hopeful to recreate these stories. The process for each fish is forever changing. Every series is an experiment with colors, paper, textiles, mediums and framing. Her style is the grey area between abstract and real. The technique starts with painting a real fish, She then rubs the cloth or paper over the fish to create a direct print. With each step, She always tries to stay true to the environment. When possible, fish are fileted and eaten, textiles are repurposed and discarded wood is recycled for framing. Her prints can be about remembering the experience of reeling in a big catch, the smell of salt water or just being connected to nature.
“I only trust the Frame Center to frame my fish prints”
“Jenna has unmatched creativity with her prints”