JENNY LONG graduated in 2003 from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at what originally was Okanagan University College in Kelowna. Before her studies at OUC, Long lived in Denmark for a year as a Rotary exchange student, which allowed her the opportunity to absorb a foreign culture and in traveling, realized her desire for visual expression. For years after her studies Long showed commercially with the Art Ark Gallery in Kelowna where she gained a strong reputation for her abstract portraits. A series of steady commissions followed + Long has since continued creating custom artwork for a multitude of clients whether in the form of portraits or pure abstraction. A highlight was being commissioned by the SOEC to create a portrait of John Mellencamp to give to the artist himself in 2012. Her passion for painting extends to her students she teaches through group and private lessons most recently from The Long Gallery + Studios, her business located in downtown Penticton. She is thrilled about nurturing the growth + exposure of the exciting group of artists who rent studios as well other exciting BC artists she represents in the gallery.