Jen Kristel grew up in Massachusetts. She studied psychology and theatre at Emerson College, and received an M.A. in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University. She has studied print making with Master printmakers Carol MacDonald and Brian Cohen.
Jen moved to Vermont in 1992. She is an artist and teacher, and Expressive arts therapist in private practice. She works in printmaking, painting and mixed media. Her art addresses issues pertaining to the spiritual, physical and emotional aspects of human life, often utilizing leaves, feathers, and other flat objects that come alive and interact with each other in deeply human scenarios.
Jen believes that art and functionality do not need to be separate, and along with framed and unframed work, utilizes her prints to create lampshades, bowls and note cards. Jen teaches improvisational theatre for community building and conflict resolution and Expressive therapies both internationally and at Burlington College. She is an instructor for VSAVT, a national arts organization that supports people with disabilities. Jen shows throughout the Northeast, and her work is in many private collections. She lives in Burlington with her husband, Michael and her sons.