Born and raised in Sonoma County, CA, Jen Greely earned Bachelors degrees in Economics and Italian from UC Davis and a Masters degree in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional experience ranges from government research in banking regulation, teaching internationally on the collection and graphical representation of data, and researching religious populations while on faculty at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
In 2004, Greely left the academic realm to focus on her family and she now lives in Westport, CT where she is pursuing her passion for the visual arts. Greely began studying classical painting methods in 2014, working in watercolor, inks, and encaustic. In 2017 she expanded her studies to printmaking, studying with Chicago-based artist Jeffrey Hirst on merging the two disciplines by layering silkscreen printing into her encaustic paintings. Her newest work emerged out of time spent in 2018 at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland, and incorporates printmaking with elements of mark making and hand stitching onto chine collè.