Jesse Reno

Jesse Reno lives and works in his home studio in Portland, Oregon.

Video Demos and Interviews


Past Statements & Ideas


click here to watch my speech at the 2016 NAEA Convention in Chicago discussing my work.

i am a self taught mixed media painter. ive been supporting myself from my art for the last 12 years. in that time ive created over 4000 paintings. my prices have risen 1000%. i have soled almost 90% of everything i have created. i have been the sole manager of my career with no buisness background. i have shown in over 100 galleries. i have taught my techniques and ideas about painting extensively in the us, canada, australia, and mexico. i do not do commercial work. i only take on work where i am free to create as i wish and be myself. i have never pre planned or conceptualized a painting in my entire career. i could tell you alot of stories..

more then one hundred times this year i have found understanding through seemingly random shapes, colors, and markings. i find myself writing words before i understand their meaning, trusting i will be wise enough to understand them in time. magic does not reveal itself easily. when trying to see the future our eyes must be given time to adjust. to find our true purpose we must ask many questions of ourselves. we must observe ourselves without judgement. we must allow ourselves to become ourselves. preconceived plans lead to preconceived outcomes. to find something new we must move without bounds. there are no hard questions for truth.

my story is about trial, error, changing directions, persistance of ideas, letting intention guide you rather than chasing outcomes and always remembering your purpose. being aware of connections between your past and present to realize your real desire and learning to chase it. learning it is far easier to do the impossible if you love it than it is to do something comprehendable that you just dont like. accepting who you really are what you really want and then becomming it fully. the practice of painting has taught me and brought me all of this. using abstract painting to find expressed and personally meaningful imagery by letting your feelings guide you to what feels right beyond concieved ideas and outcomes and ultimately decide the meaning of finished.

for me painting is - finding treasure - what it is - what it means - if you know what you are looking for you will find it - burying something in the ground and digging it up doesnt make it treasure - the best treasure is unknown - it is true - it is a lesson - this gold is like the sun - not a simple coin for sale - this is a story you truly dont know - you write it from feeling rather than knowing - you understand it like joy and despair - not like math - as there is no equivalent. the chaos of volcanos, the collapse of an avalanche, the weight of an anchor. the idea of boyancy over balance. some locks do not open with keys. this is a world where candy canes grow at the tops of mountains. freedom comes from belief and choice, and all things are connected

to create expressed and meaningful work it is important for us to engage our emotions in an unrestrained way an undefined way. this allows the work to posses emotion in a way that is open to people. to effect the viewer in undefined ways that are personally moving. allowing them to engage and be affected in there own terms.

when we view art it is a feeling that moves us.. to reduce art to a formula or equation would be to reduce our understanding. we are not math we are not logic this is what makes us human this is what makes us animal.. instinct gut feelings emotions. logic is for figuring out things that are sequental and repeatable.. emotions are individual or based on time circumstance and personal connection. these are things that can not be logistified so we should not use logic to engage emotions. this is corupt and will not bring us truth or being. its is understanding our emotions for what they are that makes us whole and creates balance not an equation.

learning to move with mistakes rather than seeking to make the perfect move, this is what teaches us fluidity or boyancy.. this moves us away from equations that convince us of righteousness. this righteousness blinds us to our choices, it leaves us feeling low when we have not chosen as perfectly as we thought.. so in contrast by choosing to try things knowing we will later fix them leaves us to move from a position of thinking searching and overcomming learning each time from our mistakes, learning the value of our mistakes.

shamanic depressive
magic is anxious - waiting isnt easy - the time between visions is slow - what will happen next - what will you tell me - dancing in the fire - there is a man inside the wood - smake ring - candy cane - whale bones - a horese with a hammer - a volcanoe inside - canoes - eyes like mirrors - geometry is not sacred - write a new spell - wish... this is never never land - you will know who you are when you are free - then you must choose - you are here now... this is hard to remember...

this is why we continue to chase - search for new vision - there is no glory in stopping - one wish greater then the last - hunt - this is the reward - ask gods not men - even kings can not grant the wishes of gods - you were born of stars wolves and fawns - lions eyes - the future is alive...

burn in the end - disolve the spells with ash - no king will take the mans work - the soil will be remembered by those who fed it

contemporary primitive abstract narrative
contemporary primitive - of the present, searching for understanding through introspection, a basic wisdom of things based on connection to ones ideas ideals and dreams rather then institutional, or technological knowledge based on intracacies..

abstract narrative - a visual narrative derived from the interpritation of creations made up of intuative actions manifesting as abstract shapes, forms and emotions. a process without preconcieved plans just a thought and feeling following one after the other to become an idea.. changing directions as forms emerge to find an idea free from judgement, something true in and of itself. from this a world of personal myth, iconography, symbols and beings are created. observiing these creations as they emerge as well as noting there transitions and final meaning one learns to understand what has been stated. through this understanding we see the syncronicity of moments and coincidence in life. a visual narrative where enviorment, being, and understanding all come from the interpritation of this visual diary. a story of potential, growth, and self destiny.


Jupiter Gallery - Portland, OR
Portland5 center for the arts - Portland, OR

Coos Art Museum - Coos Bay, OR
Riversea Gallery - Astoria, OR
The Last Bookstore - Los Angeles, CA

Parlor Gallery – Asbury Park, NJ
Rotofugi – Chicago, IL

Nebraska Gallery – Portland, OR
Kate Alkarni Gallery – Seattle, WA
In3Arts Gallery – Metz, France

Galleria Dante - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
RiverSea Gallery - Astoria, OR

Rotofugi Gallery, Chicago, IL "Wolves Tails Crossed Arrows and Canoes"
Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, La Jolla, CA

Rougette Gallery- Rockland, Maine
In3Arts Gallery- Metz, France
Galeria Dante- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Graeter Art Gallery - Portland, OR

Local 35- Portland, OR "Reborn"
19TEN- Portland, OR
Artisans on Taylor Gallery- Port Townsend, WA "Objects of Desire"
Galeria Dante- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Nemo Design- Portland, OR ?Rooted in Stars and Magic?
Ayden Gallery- Vancouver, B.C. ?When Free Will Becomes Destiny?
Lunar Boy Gallery- Astoria, OR
Pi Art Gallery- Kansas City, MO
Adidas Store- Portland, OR
Local35- Portland, OR
19TEN- Portland, OR
Nemo Design- Portland, OR

Crude Things Gallery, Portland, OR
Destroy Store, Portland, OR

BLK/MRKT Gallery, Culver City, CA
The Life, Portland, OR
Local 35, Portland, OR
Pi Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Local 35, Portland, OR
Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, OR, "100 paintings 500sq ft"
Pi Art Gallery, Kansas City, MO, "Personal History"

Fix Gallery, Portland, OR
Milk Studio, Portland, OR
Corridor Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Feral Visions"
Local 35, Portland, OR
Backspace, Portland, OR

New American Casuals, Portland, OR
Milk Studio, Portland, OR
The ID Gallery, Easton, PA
Blah Blah Gallery, Plano, TX, "Politically Motivated"

Hoopla Gallery, Bethlehem, PA


Portland 5 - OSU - Corvalis, OR
Ghost Movements - True Measure Gallery - Portland, OR

Idillwild Arts – Idillwild, CA
Peoples Art Gallery – Portland, OR
P:ear Gallery – Portland, OR
Newmark Theater – Portland OR

Rotofugi - 10th Anniversary – Chicago, IL
Peoples Art Gallery – Portland OR
The Goodfoot – Portland OR
Kate Alkarni Gallery - Seattle, WA

AFK Gallery - Lisbon, Portugal
Lequivive Gallery, “Neufolk Revival” - Oakland, CA
Peoples Art Gallery - Portland, OR
Lake Oswego Festival Of The Arts - Lake Oswego, OR
Kate Alkarni Gallery - Seattle, WA

Galeria Exodo - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Artisti Galerie - France
Lillie Art Fair - France
Artisans On Taylor - Port Townsend, WA

Together Gallery- "LAX/PDX" curated by Thinkspace - Portland, OR
Artisti Galerie - "New York" - France
Illiterate Gallery - Denver, Colorado

L'Art Partage - "Self Taught Artist Festival" - Rives,France
Art contemporain - "Exposition Au-dessous des Volcans" - Muriac, France
Montonaro Gallery - "Measuring and Collecting" - Plymouth, RI
Grand Baz'Art ΰ Bιzu - "Outsider Art International Festival" - Bιzu St Eloi, France
Strychnin Gallery - "Edge of Love" - Berlin,Germany
"Measuring and Collecting" Select Design, Burlington, VT
"Elements" Art Asylum, Boston, MA

Gallery Roth - San Diego, CA
Giant Robot Gallery - San Francisco, CA, "One Hundred Beasts"
The Goodfoot - Portland, OR, "Happy Hour for the Apocolypse"
Grand Baz'Art à Bézu, Bιzu St Eloi, France, "Outsider Art International Festival"
Chateau Corbin, Salle Gallilée, Liverdun, France, "Delicieusement Singuliers"
Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA
"The Pioneers" Upperplayground, Portland, OR
"The Harrington Collection", Courtenay BC, Canada
Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Benefit Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
Galleria Artevistas, Barcelona, Spain
Backspace, Portland, OR
Basil Hallward Art Gallery, Portland, OR
Planet Rooth, San Diego, CA
The Goodfoot, Portland, OR
Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada

Screen Arts Gallery - Saint Augustine, FL, "Secret Code"
Goodfoot, Portland, OR, Collaboration Show with Lana Guerra
Foundation One Gallery, Atlanta, GA, "Other Worlds"
Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival, BC, Canada, "Brave Art"
Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada "Brave Art"
Montanaro Gallery, Newport, RI
Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA

BLK/MRKT Gallery, Culver City, CA, "BMG Artists Annual"
Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, "These Bagels are Gnarly"
Anno Domini, San Jose, CA, "Fresh Produce"
Bell & Wissell, Seattle, WA, "Beast Show"
Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival, BC, CANADA, "Brave Art"
Wind Up Gallery, Pheonix, AZ
Encinitas, CA, "Brave Art"

BLK/MRKT Gallery, Culver City, CA, "BMG Artists Annual"
Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Chelsea, NY, Visual AIDS "Postcards From the Edge" Benefit
Upper Playground PDX and FIFTY 24PDX Gallery, Portland, OR, "New Scenery"
Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, BC, "Brave Art"
Alberta College of Art and Design, Alberta, Canada, "Said and Done"
The Works, Edmonton, Alberta, "Push"
Anno Domini, San Jose, CA, "Fresh Produce"
Backspace, Portland, OR, "Nowdays Shuffle"
Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival, Whistler, BC, "Brave Art"
Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, BC, "Integrate"
UNK Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, "The Board Show"
Anti Social Gallery, Vancouver, BC, "Said and Done - Collaborative Project number two"
Feral Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, "Feral Art Tour"

A.D. Gallery, San Jose, CA, "Fresh Produce"
Local 35, Portland, OR, "Vans Custom Shoe Show"
Popmart, Bethlehem, PA
The Goodfoot, Portland, OR, "Vinyl Killers 3"
Adidas Store, Portland, OR, "Solomon Custom Snowboard Show"

Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, OR
Ahlum Gallery, Easton, PA
NAC - Portland, OR, "Sneaker Pimps"
Hoodoo MO Gallery, Hannibal, MI
Outsider Gallery, Rockland, ME
Eye Candy Studio, Kutztown, PA

Xender Arts, Sarasota, FL
The ID Gallery - Easton, PA, "Perfect 8"
The Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA, "The Gun Show"

Open Space Gallery, Allentown, PA
Steel City, Bethlehem, PA

Toast, Stroudsburg, PA

NEAE - Keynote Speaker - Chicago, IL
5 day workshop - Idyllwild, CA
5 day workshop True Measure Gallery - Portland, OR
workshop at Coos Art Museum - Coos Bay, OR
art and soul - portland, OR
artfest rising - Port Townsend, WA

5 day workshop - Hacienda Mosaico – Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
3 day workshop – the Space – Austin, TX
5 day workshop – True Measure Gallery – Portland OR
1 day workshop – P:ear Gallery – Portland, OR
2 day workshop – Art and soul retreat – Portland, OR
3 day workshop – Art Unraveled – Phoenix, AZ
5 day advanced workshop – True Measure Gallery – Portland. OR
3 day workshop – Into the Heart – Vancouver, BC Canada
Portland Open Studios – lectures and demonstration of techniques – Portland, OR
Lecture on murals – for pnca students – True Measure Gallery – Portland OR
5 day workshop – Idillwild Arts – Idillwild, CA
expression and creativity lecture - Idillwild Arts – Idillwild, CA

4 week workshop tour – Melbourne, Sydney, Huskisson, Brisbane, Australia
5 day workshop – Pacific Northwest Art School – Widbey, WA
2 day workshop – Collage – Portland, OR
5 day workshop - Hacienda Mosaico - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2 day workshop – True Measure Gallery – Portland, OR
5 day advanced workshop – True Measure Gallery – Portland, OR
5 day workshop – True Measure Gallery – Portland, OR
Portland Open Studios – lectures and demonstration of techniques – Portland, OR

2 day and 1 day workshop - Art&Soul - Virginia Beach, VA
5 day workshop at home studio - Portland, OR
Live Paint - Collage Art Store - Portland, OR
Live Paint - North Coast Seed - Portland, OR
Live Paint - The Hollow Gallery - Portland, OR

3 day workshop - Zinnias - Pasadena, CA
2 day and 1 day workshop - Art&Soul - Virginia Beach, VA
2 day and 1 day workshop - Artfest - Port Townsend, WA
Key note speaker - "The Purpose Of Art" - Artfest - Port Townsend, WA
2 five day workshops - In Studio - Portland, OR
3 day workshop - Teahouse Studio - Berkeley, CA
2 day and 1 day workshop - Art&Soul - Portland, OR
5 day workshop - Hacienda Mosaico - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

My work was presented by Marianne Coble & Young At Art to students of Pacific School - Manhattan Beach, CA
3 one day workshops - Artfest - Port Townsend, WA
3 one day workshops - Art&Soul - Hampton, VA
5 day in studio workshop - Portland , OR
2 one workshops - Art&Soul - Portland, OR
5 day workshop - Hacienda Mosaico - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Portland open studios - demo and open discussion - Portland, OR
Portland Fashion Week - artist installation - Portland, OR
Workshop series at Art and Soul - Portland, OR
Live paint demo - Hawthorne street fair - Portland, OR
2 day workshop/lecture at Freedom to Create - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Live paint demo - Grand Bezu Art Bazar - Bezu, France
Workshop series at Artfest - Port Townsend, WA

3 day workshop at Carol Parks Studio in Burbank, CA
3 day workshop at Off Center Arts in Albequerae, NM

1 day workshop in Reno, NV
1 day workshop at PCC in Portland, OR
1 day workshop at The Cube in Portland, OR
3 day workshop at Carol Parks Studio in Burbank, CA

Mural Fest, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, "Connection through Creating"

Portland Community College, Portland, OR, "Becoming A Self-Supporting Artist"

Skateboard and T-shirt design, Calskate 40th anniversary –- Portland, OR

Collage – Exterior Mural – Portland, OR

Paramount Theatre - Permanent installation - Huntington, NY
Belmont Garage - Mural - Portland, OR
Arbor Skateboards - Skateboard Design- Venice, CA
Armada Skis -Ski design - Costa Mesa, CA

Cal Sk8 - skateboard design - Portland, OR
Armanda Skis - ski design - Costa Mesa, CA
Sitka Surfboards - T-shirt design - Victoria, BC, Canada
Arbor Skateboards - T-shirt & skateboard design - Venice, CA
Local 35 - exterior mural - Portland, OR

Local35, Portland, OR, Exterior Mural
Grind Core Marauders, Portland, OR, Album Artwork

Grace Salon - Portland, OR, Interior Mural
Grenade Gloves - Mamoth Lakes, CA, G.A.S. Coat & Glove Design
Merde Skateboards - Portlnd, OR, 2 skateboard designs.
Nike - Mexico City, Mexico - Exterior Mural
Local35 - Portland, OR, Exterior Mural
Upper Playground - San Francisco, CA, T-shirt Design

Local 35, Portland, OR, Exterior mural
Mural Fest, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 1000 sq. ft. mural

Local 35, Portland, OR, Dressing room installation and exterior mural
Click, Portland, OR, cover illustration - Another Sky Press

Local 35. Portland, OR, dressing room installation
Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe, NM, cover illustration, Jan 26th edition
Bishops Barbershop, Portland, OR, interior mural
Laughing Horse Political Bookstore, Portland, OR, exterior mural
Pigwood Skateboards, Los Angeles, CA, Ragdoll deck art

NAC, Portland, OR, exterior mural

You Will Know When You Are Free - Art Book - Self Published
Collecting Stars And Wands - Art Book - Self Published
Fracture - Art Book - Self Published
Russian Poetry Book - Cover Art
Addictions From An Attachment Perspective, Richard Gill - Cover Art

Art and Makers – Summer 2015 – artist profile – England
Addictions from an attatchment perspective – cover art – Karnac books – England

Artension Magazine May-June 2014 – Artist Feature - France
Coast Magazine - Autumn 2014 - Artist Feature – Australia
Paint Mojo – Feature on Personal Iconography pgs 14-17
Sommerset Aprentice – From the Pros pgs 106-107

PV Mirror January Issue - Show Spotlight - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
"14 Artist Journals" book - Feature Artist
Gather Clouds Magazine Issue #3 - Feature Artist

Vallarta Tribune January Issue - show spotlight - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
New Connexion Magazine - cover art - Pacific NW
YRB Magazine - Artist Profile - New York, NY

Destination Creativity, The Life Altering Journey Of The Art Retreat - Artist Spotlight
Contemporary Primitive Abstract Narrative- Self Published Catalog

Vallarta Tribune December Issue - show spotlight - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
PV Mirror December Issue 112 - show spotlight - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Somerset Studio Nov/Dec 2010 edition - artist portfolio - Laguna Hills, CA
Seven Days review of "Measuring and Collecting" - Burlington, VT
Truth Myth Extinction - artist catalog

DPI Magazine - Taiwan - Featured artist.
Lessons and Skeletons - Self-published catalog
When I Can't Paint I Usually Draw - Self-published collection of drawings

Forward - Like a Flower that Only Desires to Blossom - Self Published Catalog
Front for You vol. #9 - Belgium - Featured Artist
We Must Remain Focused When Waiting for Thunder - Self Published Catalog

Jesse Reno at BLK/MRKT Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, Artweek, July/August Vol 38, Issue 6
Pool Tradeshow, Silverlake, CA
Pique News Magazine, Whistler, Canada, March 29th
Portland Funbook #2, Portland, OR, Published by PSILO Design Group
DPI Magazine vol. # 99 - Taiwan - Featured Artist page 78.
Invision, Portland, OR, Published by ArtPDX and Another Sky Press
BLK/MRKT Two, Los Angeles, CA, Published by BMG and Die Gestalten Verlag

Juxtapoz, San Francisco, CA, April, Issue 63
BLK/MRKT One, Los Angeles, CA, published by BMG and Die Gestalten Verlag
PDX Magazine, Portland, OR, June Issue
Beasts, Seattle, WA, Fantagraphics Publishing
Outside The Lines, Portland, OR, published by Another sky press
Portland Fun Book, Portland, OR, published by PSILO design group
Artension, Paris, France, September - October issue n?31
2005 Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO, Jan 5th edition
On The Wall, Portland, OR, Published by Jones Design/VANS shoes
Merged, Allentown, PA, Oct 26th
Color Magazine, Vancouver, Canada

RAWVISION, Radlet, Herts, UK, Issue 51
Willamette Week, Portland, OR
Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar rapids, MI, March 11th
Easton Express, Easton, PA, Aug 7th

"Jury Award" - Portland Open Studios - Portland, OR

Nomination for Pacific Northwest Artist of the Year

"Most Expressive Artist In Show" - Outsider Art Festival - St. Eloi, France

"Winning Muralist Representing USA" - International Mural Festival - Winnipeg, Canada


19Karen Gallery - Mermaid Beach, Australia
Galeria Exodo – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Artisti Gallerie -Rueil-Malmaison, France
Riversea Gallery - Astoria, OR

Self taught - mixed media painter - no formal education
Drawing since age 5, exhibiting since 2001
over 4000 paintings created to date