Jen Hernandez is an artist and educator in the Pacific Northwest. She primarily creates with gouache, colored pencils, and ink to create playful illustrations, often featuring her favorite subjects: space, trees, crows and her cat, Dyna. Her visual artwork is colorful, whimsical and sometimes a little bit creepy. Jen also focuses on issues of social equity and environmental responsibility in her creative educational practices. Her favorite creative inspirations include Frida Khalo, Paolo Friere, Augusto Boal, Alfons Mucha, Lydia Fenwick, Ross Gay and Lynda Barry.
Jen is a community educator, with over 18 years experience in schools and community organizations for learners of all ages, in subjects including arts, science, writing, and visual cultures. Her educational practices focus on encouraging learners and educators to share the role of re-creators of the world, both exploring and taking creative action for change and global progress. Currently a nascent Theater of the Oppressed Joker in training, Jen is emphatically NOT an actor, but aims to inspire action and embodyment in others. Jen has also received training in creative campaings and action from the Center of Artistic Activism.
She has worked with community organizations such as the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, The Eugene Science Center (formerly The Science Factory), The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, The Corvallis Arts Center, Linn-Benton Community College, and the Portland Underground Graduate School.