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Jenan McClain

Initially uncertain the makeup of her pain
She lives-she breathes
Cloaked, unaware
The body’s mindless disdain


An inherent passion of Jenan’s since childhood, her painting flourished after a series of life changing events enabled her to tap into the intuitive process behind the brush.  Attending the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC through high school, and under the mentorship of talent Jim Campbell, she first experienced the beautiful beginnings of meditative creation. Campbell was a key influencer that relayed the message of art meeting the soul’s readiness and willingness to discover the true beauty within one’s work.

Always drawn to the water, Jenan attended College of Charleston and relished in the beautiful architecture and tranquil surroundings of the holy city. She later graduated from Clemson University, earning her BA and started her career in finance in Greenville, SC-a path that ultimately led to a start in international luxury real estate development.  While working and living in the Caribbean for several years directing successful communities, she spent the summers creating art programs for local island elementary school children. Throughout her travels in Anguilla, St. Lucia, and Jamaica she often found inspiration in her natural surroundings which governed many of her earlier works. She is inspired by the water - the calming yet powerful sustaining life force which she believes is universally inherent to all living beings.

Her recent body of work is strongly influenced by the surrounding salt marshes and beautiful florals along the South Carolina coast. Her work is heavily textured and the rich vibrancy of her pieces are felt through the beautiful colors and lavish layers. She primarily works in acrylic and oil pastels.

Jenan lives in Mount Pleasant, SC with her husband Bryant, eight year old daughter Isla, and mini doodle, Goji.  She currently exhibits her work at Trager Contemporary on King Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

The sea can do craziness, it can do smooth
It can lie down like silk breathing.
It can give gifts or withhold all; it can Rise, Ebb, Froth

Like an incoming frenzy of fountains.
As I can too; & so can You & You.

-Mary Oliver