Jena Schmidt received her BFA from Brigham Young University in 2011. Since then she has been a full time artist in addition to working with various environmental groups like Save our Canyons of the Utah Wasatch. Jena’s work has been shown throughout the western United States.
Artist Statement: My work has various layers of meaning but on an elemental level, it's composed of three veins of thought. One being my environmental concerns, second my response to the spiritual nature of the earth, and third being a desire to see and create a new type of landscape painting. I tend to think about my paintings in terms of verbs and movement. Forms extract and unearth while geometric lines race to highlight tree lines, mountain ridges, snowfall and rock formations. Rivers turn into waterfalls, mountains tower above valleys, winter snow quenches the summer fire. All elements seem to be pulled into place by an invisible structure. My artwork seeks an internal balance derived from environmental juxtapositions.