After hearing about painter Jesse Reno from everyone from art students to curators, we decided to check out his work ourselves.
I found his paintings bursting with energy, a gathering of images that jump from the screen, inviting viewer interpretation. He has supported himself for the last 14 years with his artwork, and he also teaches painting.
Now, as a videographer and editor on “Oregon Art Beat” since the beginning of the series, I have videotaped painting classes dozens of times, so I kind of know what to expect. But Reno puts a whole new spin on it. His message is an impassioned plea to stop planning, stop judging and let images from the deep rise to the surface — a bit like trying without trying.
And that’s hard for students to do, since everyone wants to paint a masterpiece.