Artist Bio

Artist Bio

Jen Kays is a Los Angeles based artist. Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, she has collected a life’s worth of fascination with humans and various day jobs. She studied acting with Jose Quintero in Florida, armed herself with empathy and moved to Los Angeles in 1994, as a theatre maker. She was just in time for the earthquake and several years of butlering, catering and cleaning roses for a floral designer. A couple of years were spent in Seattle making soup in an organic artisan bakery, renewing her sense of humor and performing in a Punk Rock Opera where she was roundly booed by impatient record release party goers.  Upon returning to Los Angeles, she continued to work in the arts as an actor, producer, voiceover artist, literary director and associate artistic director. In 2004, she began scenic painting for Circle X Theatre Company, The Boston Court Theatre and on numerous independent theatrical productions.  She started exploring things on canvas in 2009, at which point her work began to be commissioned and she started her formal training with Richard Shelton in 2014.  This year she participated in the group show Sound Affects at the Showboat Gallery in Highland Park and was the featured artist in the Fall Equinox at Cabin No. 56 Gallery in the Angeles National Forest. She still has a day job, is a champion of theatrical work and sometimes acts, but loves the smell of linseed oil the best. Her work stems from the desire to express the feelings within a single moment, that is to say, stories you know just by looking at them. She loves people because they are beautiful and amazing. 

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Cabin No. 56 Gallery | Fall Equinox 9/30/17

The Cabin No. 56 Gallery fundraiser is a seasonal pop-up speakeasy slash art gallery that requires traveling on-foot to a wooded location within the San Gabriel Mountains. All senses are stimulated, creating a unique experience only this national forest and historic structure can provide.

Each of the only four shows includes craft food and drinks, pieces from new artists, oratory and live-music, celebrating the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice - in that order. The project will only take place until the end of 2017

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Showboat Gallery | Sound Affects 9/9/17

A group exhibition curated by Desi Moore and Jess Rotter paying homage to our favorite album covers. Opening September 9, 2017 at Showboat Gallery 6152 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042 and Running thru October 15, 2017.


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