Jodi Arden's art training began at an early age in Wayne, NJ. Her parents recognized her
talent and passion and provided her with private painting classes starting at age seven.
Jodi attended The Parsons School of Design in NYC. Not being a "typical academic",
her acceptance to this prestigious school was based solely on her fine art portfolio. She
was advised to major in interior design since, "a girl had to make a living and there
were more starving artists then starving designers". After Parsons, Jodi worked as
an interior designer and also modeled part-time. She designed several corporate offices
as well as high-end residential spaces. "The interior became my surrogate canvas. Upon
completion, each one had its unique beautiful energy based on my client's desires".
But it was always the canvas and oils that evoked her passions.
Over the past few years, Jodi has returned to her love of oils and "nothing has ever
felt so right". Her focus is on pet and livestock images as well as inspirational landscapes
and wildlife. Jodi's paintings are noted by her brush work and ability to capture the spiritual
essence of her subjects.
Jodi Arden lives near Katonah, NY with her husband Ron, daughter Erin, and her menagerie
of animals that includes Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, cats, 2 parrots (a green wing macaw &
a Senegal), 2 laying hens and a rabbit.
Her dream - "To own a rare and endangered livestock farm and have an animal on lead
in one hand and an oil paintbrush in the other".