Jen Starling
The Leaving
April 2023

Each of the five paintings shown dissolving was painted in 2-4 hours using oil paint. While the paintings were wet, I sprayed them with solvent, and recorded the disintegration. the metaphors that lie within are vast, but perhaps most profound is the temporary nature of life, and the importance of appreciating the lived moments as opposed to any preconceived desired outcome.

Special thanks to Scott McCormick for technical assistance


Jen focused seriously on ballet and modern dance throughout her childhood and adult life. She has a BA in Performance Art from the University of MD. In 2015 she took an on-line art class that propelled her into the world of two-dimensional art. No stranger to discipline, she has dedicated herself to continually learning from master artists, a demanding studio practice, showing her work, and teaching at the Art Student League of Denver, Curtis Center for the Arts, and at The Temple Artist Haven where her studio is located. She is represented by Walker Fine Art in Denver CO.