Portland Monster Drawing Rally III

July 5th, 2017

I will be one of the artists participating in this event…
July 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Monster Drawing Rally returns for a third year of drawing under the summer stars! A drawing event and fundraiser featuring more than 75 Portland-based artists, Monster Drawing Rally is part performance, part laboratory, part art bazaar—an incredible opportunity to watch some of your favorite Portland artists create original drawings from a blank page. The event begins promptly at 6 p.m. in the Museum’s courtyard and consists of three one-hour rounds that each feature approximately 25 different artists drawing simultaneously. As the drawings are completed, they are immediately hung up and made available for a flat price of $35 each. If more than one person wants to purchase a particular work, the winner will be determined by drawing straws. Proceeds support free school and youth programs at the Museum. The Monster Drawing Rally provides a unique opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after its completion.

Bring the Family!
The Museum will also feature the Li’l Monster Drawing Rally, a section where children and families may sit, draw, and display their work for the evening.



Food Show, Santa Monica

July 5th, 2017



Opening reception JULY 15th at the bG Gallery from 6 – 9 pm.

The World’s Most Adorable Art Critic, Daniel Rolnik, has curated a group art show dedicated to food.

“The Food Show” includes the following 50 artists: Adam Roth, Alden Marin, Alex Chiu, Annabel Osberg, Big Tasty, Bill Miller, Bradford J Salamon, Charlotte Goff, Daniel Edwards, Dave Kloc, Dave Quick, David Buckingham, David Friedman, Douglas Alvarez, Eva Lacey, Hilary Pfeifer, Jake Weigel, Jamie Polancic, Jermaine Rogers, Jesse Reno, John Kilduff, Joseph Remnant, JoshR, Justin Decou, Kat Philbin, KROSSD, L.A. GOAL, Laura Atchinson, LITTLE FRIENDS OF PRINTMAKING, Mark Hanauer, Mary Delioussina, Mayon Hanania, Melissa Monroe, Mike Boston, Mike Egan, Miles Lewis, Nancy Larrew, Noah Malloy, Dr. Paul Koudounaris, PooJazzle, Porous Walker, Robert Branaman, Rodman Edwards, Sarah Stone, Shaun Berke, Steven Snyder, Terri Berman, Trace Mendoza, Travis Millard, Tripper Dungan, XVALA, and Zachary Aronson.

“I feel blessed to be able to work with artists of all ages, genders, religions and races. This exhibit is truly an unprecedented egalitarian art experience.” says curator, Daniel Rolnik. “It’s truly breathtaking!”


All of the artists in this show were chosen because of the light-bearing and healing qualities that emit from their work. Though, invisible to the naked eye, Daniel has become adept at recognizing these subconscious actions through careful observations made at his dinner parties. The food and acts of eating depicted in the paintings, sculptures, tapestries and more are containers from which good vibes will travel and ultimately make their way through the digestive system of guests to the exhibit.

2 spots in advanced “invite only” workshop in Portland June 15-19th

May 24th, 2017

I am doing an advanced level workshop in my studio this June.  I  had a couple cancellations so there are now two spots available.  The dates of the workshop are June 15th -19th and will be held at my studio in Portland.

To take the class email me at jesse@jessereno.com and let me know what workshops you have taken with me.  I am asking that you have taken at least a 3 day workshop with me and understand my basic techniques and process.


Here is a link to the information about the workshop  http://jessereno.com/2017-workshops.html

and here is more information specifically about the June workshop  http://jessereno.com/june-2017.html



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One and Two day workshops Friday, April 7th and 8th-9th at Portland ART&SOUL : FILLING FAST!

March 28th, 2017

There are only a few spots left to take my one or two day classes  at Portland Art&Soul this year.   Below are links with more info and to sign up.

one day, friday April 7th  – https://www.artandsoulretreat.com/retreat-pdx17-3988-workshop.php

two day, Saturday April 8th and Sunday the 9th  –https://www.artandsoulretreat.com/retreat-pdx17-3987-workshop.php

Here is a short video I made showing my process..

you can watch a longer video about my art career and process here




Solo Show March – Portland’5 Centers for the Arts

February 20th, 2017

Just Beyond The Mountain

my latest works deal with the idea of fragments and the connection. feeling rather than knowing. choosing instinct over logic to achieve desire rather than defined outcomes. the chaos of volcanoes, the collapse of an avalanche, the weight of an anchor. the idea of buoyancy 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.

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts – Opening March 2nd

heres a link to a talk i did earlier this year at the national art educators convention in Chicago not sure if its useful to you but it has a lot of good background info on me and my career as an artist – http://media01.commpartners.com/ArtED/Annual_2016/Thurs03Reno/archive.html


Art & Soul Portland – April 3-9

February 20th, 2017

I will be teaching 2 classes at this years art and soul retreat in portland.

April 3-9.
2 day workshop https://www.artandsoulretreat.com/retreat-pdx17-3987-workshop.php
1 day workshop https://www.artandsoulretreat.com/retreat-pdx17-3988-workshop.php



new pieces on sale for 1 week only

February 7th, 2017

decided to try something new…i am going to put 5 pieces on sale for a week, and then replace them at the end of the week with five different pieces. not sure how long i will keep this up, but i plan to do it each week with five different paintings as long as people are expressing interest.

check out the 5 pieces available this week here… http://jessereno.bigcartel.com/

this piece is one of this weeks 5, and is available for $300 (originally $1125)


Upcoming Mexico Workshop

January 3rd, 2017

who wants to come paint and mexico? still a few spots left. learn about my techniques and ideas about finding yourself within your work. find purpose and understanding in your work by following feelings rather than logic to arrive at imagery that is personal and hidden in abstraction waiting to be found. become engaged in your process by finding techniques that reveal forms and imagery rather than struggling with perfection.. this 5 day workshop takes place at hacienda mosaico in puerta vallarta mexico. the grounds are amazing a perfect place to forget the rest of the world and dig deep into your creative process. all skill levels welcome.

to find out more – http://www.haciendamosaico.com/ws_24.html

to get a better idea of what im all about you can check out this talk i gave at the national art educators annual convention earlier this year in chicago – http://media01.commpartners.com/…/…/Thurs03Reno/archive.html


30% off original works at my studio this week only – free coloring book with any purchase

December 17th, 2016



This week only 12/17/2016 – 12/23/2016 I am offering 30% off all original works in the studio by myself (jessereno.com) and Melissa Monroe (www.melissamonroeart.com).  Also a free coloring book with any purchase.

My studio/ gallery is home to over 300 paintings and drawing, many not available on my website.  I also have books, originals, shirts, skate decks, and prints.  True Measure Gallery is located at 3022 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214. http://truemeasuregallery.com/   text – 503 235 8549


My hours for this week are as follows or email/ text for an appointment anytime.

18th Sunday 11-6pm

19th Monday by appointment

20th Tuesday 12-6

21st Wednesday by appointment

22nd Thursday by appointment

23 Friday 11-6

23rd Saturday by appointment


Art Sale on Bigcartel

December 13th, 2016

Still a nice group of pieces available for immediate sale – clearing out some old inventory – link in profile – pieces up to half off – http://truemeasuregallery.bigcartel.com/category/jesse-reno