Jenn Leighton is an Oakland, CA based artist and art educator. She has earned a BFA in painting and a MA in Art and Religion. She teaches art at Castro Valley High School and conducts private lessons in her studio. Her current passion is spending time with her new baby boy and to explore texture and design through the media of encaustic collage. Layers and texture are important elements in her work revealing a variety of materials. Inspiration is found within natural elements, vintage drawings and playful child inspired designs. Most of the work on display are painted on 6×6 wood panels using mixed media encaustic (beeswax, resin, pigment), an ancient media that is being revived and recontexualized within contemporary art circles.