Artist Spotlight: Jennifer DiArenzo

Jennifer DiArenzo is a pyrography artist from outside of Philadelphia, PA, focusing her work on wildlife and nature, as well as pet portraiture. As an artist her whole life, Jen has always been trying new mediums and, in 2017, decided to teach herself pyrography, or wood burning, and she has been perfecting the art ever since. This mini surfboard collaboration project with Ventana Surfboards of Santa Cruz, CA, is made with wood from the Western Flyer and has been a big passion project for Jennifer.

Master artisan, Martijn Stiphout, crafted the boards from Alaskan yellow cedar offcuts from the Western Flyer. Jen then wood-burned iconic wildlife and landmarks of the Monterey Bay area, including a depiction of the Western Flyer. Also featured is the Steamer Lane lighthouse in Santa Cruz, a California sea otter, the world-famous Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach, bottlenose dolphins, a humpback whale, giant kelp, a great white shark, and a Pacific red octopus. Martin custom-framed the boards using Douglas Fir hull wood from the original vessel constructed in 1937. The rustic frame wood still includes chips of red paint, barnacle growth, and square nail holes.

This one-of-a-kind work of Western Flyer art is available through Ventana. You can view more of Jennifer’s work by following her on Instagram or Facebook. 

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