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  • By day, Jen is a high powered social media guru working with some of the biggest companies in the country.

    By night, Jen is the best kind of artist. She sees the most useless and mundane items and turns them into her palette for beautiful canvases.

    She uses trash to make art.

    Now, I have always been fascinated by Jen's design talents, but this took her artistic ability to a whole new level. She could combine cereal boxes, junk mailers, cartons and other items into cohesive, exciting, and often meaningful pieces of work. The originals are textured and they glisten from the chemicals that hold the myriad of items together. The prints are just as beautiful -- your eyes analyzing each piece of trash while your mind tries to comprehend how all of it fits together so well.

    "Jen, have you shown your work anywhere?"

    "No. Not yet. I sell the postcards and calendars, but I just don't know..."

    "You should give it a shot. I think people would really enjoy it. And, I think it would stretch you as a person and as an artist if you attempted it. I know it'll be a lot of work and quite nerveracking, but I think it's time."

    "Yeah...maybe your right."

    A few months later, we celebrated her first apartment showing. And, I'm pretty sure it won't be the last.

    Yeah, it was definitely time.

    ---"I'm not always sure of the best time to leap -- I just know that 'never' is not one of those times."
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