Courtesy of San Benito High School:
Jenna Hartman, a San Benito High School student-athlete and 2020 graduate, this Spring was commissioned to create a painting for Superintendent Dr. Shawn Tennenbaum.
Hartman, who will pursue a degree in the medical field and wrestle for Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas starting this Fall, said she drew inspiration for her floral-themed artwork from her childhood memories of painting with her aunt, Shelley.
“She is an artist and taught me the basics of painting when I was young,” said Hartman. “At her house, she has these hanging plants outside that decorate her porch. I used these as a reference for my painting.”
Hartman took art classes throughout her four years at SBHS, studying under Luisa Toste, John Robrock, Christina Ross and Tracey Torres.
“Each showed me a different perspective of art and helped me grow overall as an artist,” she said.
Superintendent Tennenbaum noted, “The support received from art instructor Christina Ross to grow this project from idea to fruition was outstanding. San Benito High School is fortunate to have such talented artists, such as Jenna, and I am so proud to support our students’ creative endeavors throughout this project. Jenna’s work is truly inspiring and her future is filled with promise and talent beyond comparison. It is truly great a day to be a Baler because of the efforts of Ms. Ross and Ms. Hartman.”