Jena Marks Artist

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." -Nietzsche

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." -Nietzsche

Late summer sketching

TACOMA, Wash.: Graffiti no longer welcome at 3 Tacoma garages | Celebrities | The News Tribune

Imagine a city where graffiti wasn't illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall - it's wet. -Banksy Only a handful of aerosol artists were spraying at the Graffiti Garages early Sunday afternoon, and beginning next month there will be none.

Back to school meetings for the day job presents opportunities to sketch ... this gentleman was presenting tactics on how to handle the situation of a shooter in the school building. Disconcerting, but a sign of the times which we live in, I suppose.

"Population" explosion at the Museum of Glass - Visual Edge - Weekly Volcano - The alternative newsw

This is it, the very very very last second to see Ray Turner's amazing work. Do not walk, don't even stop for coffee....get down to the Glass Museum and see Ray Turner...ends today at 5. You will be sooooooo glad you did! Tacoma and Olympia's entertainment newsweekly giving you the best food, arts, culture and more. Find the coolest events and venues; the best restaurants; the best local artists; search the latest movie times; find the best happy hour spots; and connect with other local people in our community. And t...

Sketch 6 of 42. Seahawks quarterback up for Rookie of the year Russell Wilson. GO SEAHAWKS!!

Sketch 5 of 42. Did you know that Jan 5th is Bird Day? These little Juncos are some of my favorites.

Day 4 of 42....Coffee Shop customer.

Day 3 of 42 ...another Egyptian sketch. This was a beautiful sculpted head of an Amama princess.

Today I was lucky (one could say fortunate) enough to get another opportunity to seem some amazing items from Egypt. Touted as treasures from King Tut, the exhibit at the Pacific Science Center had many other things from the Egyptian museum. I've been there, and it is, in the very least, overwhelming. Nothing of the display expertise that the Science Center put forth. Lighting, display cases, explanations of what was on view... really beautiful!

So, keeping my resolution....of sketching every day with my 42 Sketches Group over on Facebook (or trying to), I am posting one of my little ditties. Might post more at a later date...perhaps after fiddling with them a bit. Until is a Head of Amenhotep III in the Blue Crown of War, from Karnak, Temple of Amun. What are you sketching?

So they say it takes 6 weeks to form a habit. In my effort to sketch more, I am starting this year off sketching everyday for 42 days! Anyone out there want to join in? Let's do this!

[11/05/12]   I had so much fun connecting with everyone roaming Tacoma and enjoying the Open Studios this weekend. We at "The Jet" had wonderful conversations, and new friends were met. Thanks to everyone who came by, looking forward to seeing you again soon!

[11/03/12]   Getting my brushes wet!

[11/02/12]   Moving stuff about, trying to clean up the messes in the studio after work today....but I just have soooo much stuff and soooo little space....people are going to want to see my painting and not so much all the junk I have crammed around in the nooks and crannies...right?

I am excited that Ken, my dear husband, has found his passion in photography. He will be showing some of his amazing photos at my studio, The Jet Artist Cooperative, this coming weekend. He was recently featured on their FB page. I hope you are able to stop by and say hello!

Ken Marks has been taking photographs for over 25 years. He started his photography business during the past two years and focuses on people, architecture, events, and natural places in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He is currently developing a body of work that portrays unique aspects of Tacoma and the Puget Sound region, displaying the rich diversity of areas in which he has been fortunate to travel

Happiness is a warm puppy...

You are never alone....when you have your sketchbook with you! paintmarks's photo on Instagram

Jet Artist Cooperative

The Studio where I work has just created a page...please "like" this to keep informed on open studio times/dates, special viewing nights and other information regarding all the artists in the Jet Artist Cooperative. Thanks!

Artist Studio Spaces

Sketchbook Marks: Tacoma Loves Artists

My thoughts on how Tacoma supports local artists...

Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

I was honored to be featured in Tacoma Arts Studio Tour Preview...check this out! This is part 3 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November. The Tacoma Studio Tour will feature 55 artists and collaborative studios and will allow ...

Studio Tours - Tacoma Arts Month: November 2012

I am getting excited (nervous) about the Studio Tours coming up November 3rd & 4th. Perhaps I can put out some of my new work in anticipation of guests to my studio! Are you coming by? Come see the spaces in and tools with which 55 local artists create their work, ask questions, purchase one-of-a-kind creations, and even try your hand at creating your own masterpiece. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will...


I support creative local is a group of guys working on some great music. Go check them out....and Like their page!


This sweetie was done for Cindy, a dear neighbor of mine. I hope she is enjoying it!

When sketching, Spar chips and beer mix....

Sketching at the Marina

Sketching @theredhot

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Spent the weekend on Bainbridge, got a little sketching in

...what's inside...

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A new girl...this one is a bit more sassy. The winery wanted almost the exact same pose as an earlier pin-up, but with black-red hair...Freya is the result!

[09/25/11]   Finally moved all my goodies into my spankin' new space at the Jet Artist Cooperative! So excited to be in among so many cool art spaces! dig something out to share with everyone.... tomorrow I will post some eye candy.... I promise!

New stranger sketch

A familiar face in many homes around the U.S., perhaps you recognize him too?

Roman Emperor Hadrian

Went to a meeting hosted by several different organizations regarding "Art Carts" in Tacoma, and of course, I brought my sketchbook. Did this quick sketch of City Council Member and local business owner Marty Campbell. Today, I ran into him at the store, completely fussed and fumbled and showed him this quick sketch of him. Not really that much of a likeness since he has gotten a much shorter haircut since that meeting, but I thought I should post, since I want to share!


Escapade is a beautiful show now showing in Seattle in the Columbia Center. Some amazing artists here, make time to see it if you can!

[05/19/11]   Untitled

[05/19/11]   Artists sketching artists sketching artists sketching artists (and making things up about them all the while)


This is a group of portraits I have done, if you would like me to draw you, please let me know! I am always looking for new faces!

This is a group of portraits I have done, if you would like me to draw you, please let me know! I am always looking for new faces!

Dias de los Muertos

Dias de los Muertos

[05/16/11]   Welcome to my new "page", just another tool to help spread the news about current projects and artwork being created by Jena Marks, what would you like to see here? I would love to hear from you!

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