Jen received her MFA in Visual Communication Design from VCU [Virginia Commonwealth University] in 1997 and has since taught Graphic Design at several institutions in Virginia, California, and Oregon.
Her teaching expertise is in graphic design history and processes, typography, and logo / identity design. She has conducted research in and published on such topics as signs and symbols, design history, book arts, and travel (as a metaphor for design and as design inspiration).
Much of Jen’s personal mixed media work explores juxtaposition, whether that be driven by type or image or the intersection of both. From embedded meanings in symbols to the contradictions inherent in language, letters, words and culture play an important role. Her paintings, collages, and artist books often celebrate her travels and the objects that help create a sense of place, but also may shape one's identity.