I'm Jenny, the heart behind the art! I am the owner/designer/artist behind Jenny Wren Designs. I am also a wife to my amazing husband, and mother to my most precious pieces of God's art, our 3 children. When I am not creating, I love to travel; enjoying the many wonders of God's creations, being out on the boat, digging in my flower gardens(oh, how I love flowers) or listening to music of all kinds.
I was born and raised in Minnesota (but somehow, my inner soul believes I belong near a beach and mountains). I grew up in a very artsy family full of artists, musicians, woodworkers, and sewers. My love for art started in middle school and high school, where drawing, painting and art in general, very quickly became a passion. I found myself late to the next class all the time, because I just wanted to stay in art class.. Post high school my form of art was Cosmetology. I loved cutting, styling, coloring and making people feel happy, beautiful, and good about themselves.
I met my husband of 26 years when I was 23, we got married, I left the cosmetology industry, and we made the sacrifices so that I could stay home to raise our family. I never went back to Cosmetology even after the kids started school. I worked various jobs, but have found my niche in the healthcare industry, where I still work full time today.
In 2016 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer, fought it for 2 years and found out in 2018, that I had Stage 4 Colon Cancer that spread to my lungs. This led me down a very dark hole. As if the first round wasn't hard enough, hearing this new diagnosis crushed my hopes, my dreams and took every ounce of energy I had to put on a happy face for those around me. I had no idea how to come out of this dark hole, but I knew I needed to hold tight to my FAITH and that I needed to desperately bring “happy” back into my life.
HELLO ART !!!! I had lots of soul searching time through chemo and surgery recuperation and ART once again became the main focal point for me everyday. Every aspect of art has always made me happy. The colors, the process, the imagination or mind behind the art and the sheer beauty, pain, and wonder that always comes along with it. I found my artsy side again in 2018 and quickly found my thoughts of death, dying, and wondering how much time I had left on this earth starting to diminish everyday by just losing myself in creating, painting, drawing and dreaming. It was the most amazing feeling EVER!!
I was then encouraged by friends and family to put my art out there to sell. HOW TERRIFYING!!! But I was conquering CANCER, what was more scary than that??? I figured I didn't have anything to lose. So through many long nights not being able to sleep, I dreamed of having my own business, my own studio, would grab my phone and jot business names down, and settled on Jenny Wren Designs.
I feel so unbelievably blessed to be sharing my art with all of you. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and browse my site. I hope you find all the love of God's creations in my paintings, because each piece I create is a piece of my heart, and the love I have for Him blessing me with the talents to share them. You all give me purpose, encouragement, and it all makes me smile..............
What's in a name? Jenny Wren Designs
Why Jenny Wren Designs, where did Jenny Wren come from? Well to answer this question...My mom used to tell me that when I would wake up in the morning, I was always a very happy child, like a bird that wakes up singing (which is my mom, she has a song for everything) and I was always very busy.
So after the small bird called a Wren, she called me Wrenny. She had a song that went with this and here are the lyrics.............."Rosie, Betsy, blue-eyed Molly, Molly; April is the time for folly, folly; Blackbirds singing, bluebirds winging and Jenny Wren is building in the willow."
It is a name that I grew to love and adore and to this day, she is the only one that calls me Wrenny.