By Wade WalkerArt can be a transformative experience. For Jen Derge, it is a source of healing. Her paintings present powerful imagery of self-discovery through nature. Blending classic technique with a unique style, her work is the result of extreme devotion and her own personal vision. “Jen is free spirit who truly loves art like I’ve never experienced another person loving art because she lives and breathes it. If she is not creative, she is not alive,” Gwen Giddens, former boss and friend, said.