Video of my Speech at the National Art Educators Conference

May 2nd, 2016

In March I gave a speech in Chicago at the national Art Educators yearly conference called “Ambition over direction”  I spoke in front of over 200 people.  You can watch it via the link below, I talk about why I do what I do and how I got to where I am

I do workshops in my studio!

I have scheduled only 3 in-studio workshops for this year.  You can see more information via the links below

**4SPOTS LEFT** Level 1 June 3rd-7th sign up here

**2SPOTS LEFT** Level 1 June 17th-21st sign up here

**SOLD OUT**Advanced September 9th-13th wait list open


Studio Information

– The studio work area is aprox 1300 sqft, so plenty of space and individual attention. It doesn’t get much better than this as we will be in my actual studio with all my supplies, artwork and things pretty much exactly as I like them.

-I am located in my favorite part of Portland. There is a whole foods one block down the road from my studio and an abundance of restaurants, food carts, and local fare walking distance from the studio. There is a fridge at the studio to store food as well.


2016 In-Studio Workshops

April 20th, 2016

2016 In Studio Workshops

I have scheduled only 3 in-studio workshops for this year. There are only a total of 29 spaces available 9-10 students per workshop.

**4SPOTS LEFT** Level 1 June 3rd-7th sign up here

**2SPOTS LEFT** Level 1 June 17th-21st sign up here

**SOLD OUT**Advanced September 9th-13th



Coos Bay Art Museum Show & Lecture

April 19th, 2016
Join the Coos Art Museum community on Thursday, April 21st from 6:30 to 8 pm for an exciting artist talk with Portland artist Jesse Reno. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hear Jesse, who will be showing his large multi-layered paintings at CAM April 22 thru June 25, talk about his work and his process, as well as, answer any questions about his approach. 

Inspired by primitive art, mythology, and the painting process, self-taught artist Jesse Reno creates large and compelling mixed media paintings. Jesse’s painting style is exuberant and intuitive. He uses acrylic paint on wood and, sometimes, paper, putting down one color and then another, often using his hands and fingers. He lays down the colors without planning, putting one color next to another–and that, he explains, is the key. Later he reworks each section of the painting finding ideas in the media and process as each painting develops. Quoting writer Rice Freeman-Zachery “He does this over and over until he loves what he sees. It’s not enough for him to merely like what he’s done; he wants to push past that until he loves it.”

New Work at OSU

March 1st, 2016

I will have new work in this show at OSU opening march 7th and running until may 5th.

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new work at riversea gallery, astoria, or

February 16th, 2016




1 and 2 day workshops at Portland Art&Soul filling up fast

February 16th, 2016

I will teaching 2 classes at  Art&Soul in Portland, OR.  These are my only 1&2 day workshops scheduled for 2016.  If you have thought of taking class from me and are not ready to commit to a 5 day workshop this is your chance!

Friday, March 5th and  Saturday, March 6th – 2 day workshop Freedom to create

Wednesday, March 2nd – 1 day workshop Follow the Leader

Classes are already starting to fill up, so sign up now!





Solo Show – LA – February

January 25th, 2016

my new show opens Feb 11th at The Last Book Store in LA. I will be in attendance on opening night. see you there :)

here is a link to the facebook event…

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2015 year in review video

January 12th, 2016

January – New work on site

January 3rd, 2016

Added new work to the site for the month.

check it out :)


I am especially proud of this new giant masterpiece…

Shadow Dancer he waited almost a month for a sign – bears crown – on top of a horse – chiefs feathers – wolverine holding a horseshoe – just try to take it – spirits in the smoke – waiting to speak – flutes and rattle snakes – hide under drums – like rope – shaman feathers – bear wrap – real magic – dance in the fire – rainbow volcanoe clumps – medussa lions mane – scream back at that which aposes you – medicine flower – lost star – still carrying the wolf and bear from three years past – the chief arrives – larger than before – you are ready 96″ x 72″ on wood acrylic, oil pastel, pencil

2 Spots Left For Mexico 2016

December 27th, 2015

There are only 2 spots left for my workshop in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in January.

January 17th – 23rd.

Be sure to register now if you are interested in going as the spots will fill before the end of the year.