Featured Artist : Gene Tenner

Artist Bio / Statement

As a child sitting on the marina I was mesmerized by the patterns made by gasoline floating on water. Now, I do almost the same thing.

The entire process of making paint dance on water, swirling the paint into dynamic compositions and creating rhythmic waves is magical.

This is Ebru, the ancient Turkish art of painting on water. The mineral-pigment paint is manipulated on water, and then the image is transferred to paper.

I am one of a handful of artists from around the world who has mastered the Spanish Wave style of Ebru painting.

After more than 40 years as a classically trained intaglio printmaker and self-taught watercolorist, photographer and now Ebru painter I am still fascinated by the process.

For me the process is everything. The outcome is the byproduct of the process. There is more pleasure in doing than completing. The more I practice and improve the process, the better the final product.

There is almost a ‘trompe l'oeil’ sense from my Ebru paintings. People always want to touch it, because they want to see if the waves are real and three-dimensional.

That is what I am after; engaging an audience with skillful composition, playful color and intelligent stimulation that are bound together by natural forms and a unique technique.

I have a M.A. in printmaking from Northern Illinois University and a B.A. in painting and sculpture from Blackburn College.

I use Dharma Trading's gall and methylcellulose and paints.

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and am proud to represent more than 30,000 union men and women who swing a hammer for a living.


Best Regards,

Gene Tenner

Contact Info

Gene Tenner

Chicago, IL 



Dharma Products Used

Please see the description for a list of products used.

Customer Comments

If you'd rather speak with a human, please call toll-free from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada M-F 8am to 5pm PST

Phone: (800) 542-5227

  Item Added to Cart   Item Not Added
Your Cart ( Items)
Subtotal $
View or Edit Cart
Return to Shopping

About Tiered Discount Levels

You can combine cotton and rayon clothing & accessories to get the greatest discounts. Your discount is figured on the total number of cotton and rayon items we ship, not how many of each type, style or size. Mix and match them to get the best discount.

Example; adding 4 each of 3 different T-shirts in size Large should give you the 12+ price on all 12 shirts.

Some products may be excluded from discounts, and / or may discount only with themselves. If you have any questions at all please contact us toll free at 800-542-5227 (no buttons, just humans).

Drag and Drop chips to the Palette first.