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About the Artist

Crab’s Nightmare by Jen Callahan

by Tom Chillemi

“Art makes my life even more wonderful than it already is,” said accomplished painter Jen Callahan, whose art is featured on the cover of this issue of The Rivah Visitor’s Guide.

One of art’s rewards is knowing that others get joy from viewing her work, she added.

Callahan’s artistic talent has been nurtured since she was a young child. Today, she works from her custom art studio that she and her husband built last year on 22 acres near Tappahannock.

In 2007, Callahan started displaying her paintings at outdoor art festivals. “These shows have opened up one of the most rewarding commissions—painting pets and family members,” she said. “Nothing beats a smile and hug from a person who is filled with joy that they will have my painting to remember their loved ones.”

Callahan has never stopped learning. She took art classes in high school and college where she earned a degree in computer information systems (CIS) and web design.

Currently, Callahan is a member of a workshop taught by Johnny Johnson. “He has been a great mentor and I thank him for his guidance and encouragement to pursue my dream of an art career,” she said.

“My emotions come out with each painting and I tend to use colors that make me happy. Sometimes I disregard what is presented in real life and express it in a different way. Art is a way to share my personality with someone as they look at my paintings.”

Callahan uses both oil and water based paints, and experiments with different painting surfaces and styles. “I like to combine my painting technique between oil, watercolor and acrylics. My paintings reflect a fascination with animals and nature,” she said.

Callahan has a sincere hope that people everywhere will enjoy viewing her art work as much as she enjoys creating it.

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Jen Callahan painted this month’s cover art.
Jen Callahan’s display of original artwork as well as prints can be seen at Java Jack’s Coffee House at 504 S. Church Lane in Tappahannock. She will be Java Jack’s featured artist in December.

On October 17-18, Callahan will display at the “Art Affair,” presented by the Bon Air Artists Association on the grounds of Stony Point Fashion Park ( in Richmond.

A reception to “Meet the Artist: Jen Callahan” will be held on March 15, 2010, at “Crying Shame” Frame Shop & Art Gallery Gifts & Home Accessories. Call 877-542-7643 toll free for details.

Callahan’s art also will be on display at Double Vision Studio #1 at the Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, from January 15 through March 10, 2010.

posted 09.30.2009

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