Hello,  I'm Jen Raynes

Art and Horses...

have inspired me since I was a small child when I fell in love with "Mr. Ed" and also a horse called Sandy, with whom I shared all my childish secrets. ( I was and am sure he understood me.) My artistic endeavors expressively assisted my understanding of my youth, teenage and adulthood. Art and horses are my solace. I call my paintings "mood rings" because they are my emotions at the time I create them. Horses always stir my heart, body and mind. I am a professional artist, teacher, mentor and have shared my life with horses for over 40+ years.  

 

This life-long love and experience of art and horses has brought me to this inspiring place, ArtEquis. I am honored to offer this experience.  I hope it moves others, as it does me.

 

I am a certified Person-Centered Expressive Arts facilitator. I offer ArtEquis Sessions for individuals, groups and events. I own Skadoodle.art, my mobile art studio on wheels that is complete with unimaginable art supplies and it can go almost anywhere, making these sessions conveniently accessible to multiple areas. I also offer ArtEquisKids summer camps, with the same criteria for all ArtEquis sessions.  

After completing a two-year PCEAT training program and certification,

I adhere the philosophy of being person-centered translates with equine 

as well as expressive arts therapies.

 

The foundation of Carl Rogers and Natalie Rogers Person-Centered Expressive Art Therapy is Empathetic, Congruent and Unconditional Positive Regard for participants. As a facilitator of this genre, the program experiences I bring to a participant, adult or child, are rooted in these elements and hold myself to this standard as a PCEA facilitator. I am committed to working with empathy, congruency, unconditional positive regard and freedom from judgement in every ArtEquis session.

 

I also adhere to TAB philosophy (Teaching for Artistic Behavior), which translates; instead of teaching how to draw or paint the perfect apple,

I offer the supplies to create, with minimal guidance which allows for the creation of the apple that is felt, as well as seen in the mind’s eye. 

There is no perfect.  There is only the willingness to let creative expression come forth, in whatever form, without judgement.  With the hope that not everyone will create the same thing, the experience is it is not the final outcome of the artwork, rather the expressive process in which an individual gets there.  That is where large and lingering growth happens.

 

The same is true in the encounters with horses.  Not everyone will feel the same in their experience with them.  I introduce the horse, their history, body language and guidance on how to safely "be" with them.  The time spent with a horse, in its environment, without having to get the horse (or you) to do or be anything... that is the journey that is explored and felt.


During your experience with the art and the horses, my hope is that you witness your strengths, feel your humanity, strengthen your boundaries, unbridle yourself in expression and appreciate letting go.

 "In our authentic moments, art in any form can be the greatest communicator of our thoughts and feelings and animals are the keepers of our secrets."   -  Jen Raynes

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