Jen originally went to college for medical illustration, then changed  her major to graphic arts and pursued her graduate degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. She minored in photography.

Jen Aquia started her art career around the ripe age of 2, when she proudly drew her first “mural” on the living room wall with permanent markers. Her parents may not have recognized her scribbles as talent at the time, however her passions eventually led her on to earn a Bachelors of Art, in Graphic Design and a Masters of Fine Art, from Maryland Institute College of Art. She specializes in realistic style portraits and faux effects. One of her signature styles, is her montage portraits. These montages, in pencil or pastel, are drawn after she spends time sitting with someone and sharing memories through their old pictures. This helps her form a composition that best represents the persons story.