Jenny Bent is one of the most positive, passionate, motivated & highly creative people you will meet!
“I truly love art, music, dancing, animals & teaching, I love life! I often wish I could manage on only 2 hours of sleep a night, there’s so much to do, it’s great!!
I really enjoy passing on my knowledge and I try to transfer my skills, experience & passion onto others in a positive way! I hope that my forms of expression & my teachings are inspiring, interesting, fun & helpful!”
Jenny was born in Knutsford, Cheshire, in 1974 and now lives in Hale with her fiancé Nick, their 22 month old son Theron, 2 cats & 2 chumpy Pygmy Goats!
Jenny considers herself to be a self-taught painter. Although she spent three years at college, whilst there, she didn’t really draw or paint.
“I did not get on well with some of my tutors. I felt that most of the time I could never please them. I was not a lazy student; I was simply working in a different way to how they expected. I found the painting and drawing classes and the methods of teaching very un-creative, un-imaginative, even tedious. I felt dictated to, restricted and as if my creativity was being drowned. Any desires I had to paint were crushed. Consequently, I concentrated on sculpture, metal work, ceramics and anything that involved working in 3D. I also enjoyed photography.
However, since leaving college in 1994 I have been painting constantly!”
“The natural world, the female form, music and my imagination inspire me in all my work. I love dancing and thrive on all types of music, from Rock to Classical, from Latin American to Egyptian, from Thrash Metal to Blues, from Turkish to 70s Psychedelic. I have also been a professional Belly Dancer since 1997 which has helped fund my career as an artist. I frequently dance in my studio whilst I am painting, this really helps me stay motivated and inspired, especially late at night!”
A professional artist since 1999; Jenny specialises in creating original paintings and photographic/digital images inspired by the female form. She produces art work for private clients, restaurants and interior designers & exhibits and sells her work all over the UK in private and public galleries. Jenny’s art work has been featured in various magazines including The Erotic Review! & Cheshire Life and it has been featured on National Television. She has private collectors of her art work Nationwide, including a private collection of paintings at The Inns Of Court in London & also in America and Spain!
Jenny aka ZALIAH has also worked as a professional Egyptian Belly Dancer for over 14 years dancing at: private parties, schools, weddings, Corporate & Charity functions, girls birthday parties, Community & Cultural festivals and Women’s events. Zaliah has performed for Cherie Blair, John Lewis department stores, TV celebrity Jenny Powell & psychedelic rockers The Crazy World of Arthur Brown!
click here for photos & to find out more about ZALIAH!
after having baby Theron, Jenny has taken a bit of a break from professional performing but hopes to get back to it soon!
“Well, there is not much of it! I spend lots of my time with my beautiful one year old son Theron & my fiancé Nick! Also my cats & goats and my family friends! I am very close to my family so I see them as much as possible!
walking, yoga, dancing, Buddhist philosophy, love cooking, & love eating out! I can not live happily without music, there’s always music blasting out around the house! I really like going to going to gigs and festivals, adore the sunshine, although i hate sunbathing! Plus I also love being organised and organising things & de cluttering and minimising the amount of “things” i have around me!
DISLIKES: materialistic and flashy people! Impoliteness, impatience, arrogance
FAVOURITE BOOKS/AUTHORS: Bill Bryson, Clive James, anything by His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama
FAVOURITE FILSM/TV: kill bill 1 & 2, benidorm, last of the mohicans, best in show, peep show, nightly night, the walking dead, dexter, gladiator, vampire/hammer horror films, zombie films! Frozen planet, my new best friend, spaced and my very guilty pleasures: made in chelsea & real housewives of orange county arrrggghhh!!! but i love them!
FAVOURITE BANDS/MUSICIANS: Black Sabbath, Omen, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Dio, Adele, Helloween, Led Zep, Manowar, Bob Dylan, Queen, Abba, Accept, The Stranglers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Megadeth, Wasp, Ordo Funebris, I also love lots of Middle eastern & Egyptian music & Reggae
FAVOURITE ARTIST’S: Lori Early, John William Waterhouse, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossett
thanks for reading xxx