Mephitidae by Jennifer Wildermuth Reyes

Jennifer Wildermuth Reyes


I live in the Redwood forest of the Santa Cruz mountains in California. I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors. All my artwork is inspired by actual interactions wild animals.

Artist statement

Throughout history animals have long been accepted as essential to mankind’s development and well-being. A relationship with wildlife has played a major role in human thinking and the development of culture. Direct encounters with animals evoke a sudden wonder and respect. Their vivid life makes us aware of the source that creates and sustains all beings. Long before us humans existed, they worked out the sequences of life in millions of variations.
The living being that I paint or draw is organic and temporary. Yet it is also connected to the universal patterns that design our reality, arrangements that involve all of space and time. These paintings and drawings are my way of creating sacred temples to these fleeting forms of insect, bird and beast. I’m attempting to pause the flow of time, study the form and function of each animal and then create a lasting and celebrated homage. The geometric designs that are part of each piece represent the underlying foundational structure of the world that is tied to the universe at large and is permanent and all encompassing.
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