The title “Fresh Water Lens” refers to the fresh water aquifer which is buoyed by salt water beneath Fire Island. Since fresh water has a specific gravity less than salt water, the structure of the barrier-island ground water system is a lens of fresh water floating on top of salt water. It is this lens of fresh water that makes of much life possible on Fire Island. The title also refers to using the medium of watercolor to shed light on some of Jen's favorite views of Point O'Woods. These paintings reflect how the island's ecology, people, and built environment are at the same time both fragile and resilient. The paintings are an expression of her love for the island's natural beauty which has fostered so many family memories, spiritual replenishment, and deep and long-lasting friendships.
Jen has been summering at Point O'Woods since she was small enough to ride in her father's bike basket. As a child she loved coming to Point O'Woods off season almost as much as she loved spending freedom-filled summers. Some of her earliest memories include coming to PO'W after a winter storm, seeing the wreckage of ocean front houses including toilets and bath tubs strewn about the dunes. She remembers fondly pulling wagon loads of water from the old water tower during the off season.