I’ve been living at Lake Tahoe since 2005, but it wasn’t until around 2011 that I truly began to call this place home. Until then I was waiting for a sign leading me elsewhere. After six years, however, it was clear that the lack of a sign to move somewhere else was actually the sign telling me to stay put! What can I say? Sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake.
Long story short, I’m a writer and artist who has experimented with many different mediums over the years and, all those years of looking for a home and seeking my creative voice, have come into alignment. Now, most of my art and writing reflects my appreciation for Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains. Clearly we all have diverse interests, so I do continue to produce work in other genres and for different purposes but, again, the majority of my work celebrates and pays homage to the Lake Tahoe region.
FYI, this website is a work in progress. The previous version of JaredManninen.com was bloated, confusing, and incongruous with my new life. Therefore, I dismantled it and have been rebuilding it from the ground up. Instead of including everything about my life and what I do at one site, I’m treating JaredManninen.com as a road map, or starting point, to getting to know me and what I do. This site’s primary links (artwork, photography, writing, and design) provide an overview of my work in those mediums, whereas the websites listed at the very top of the page are blogs I began to build in 2017 and feature more in-depth information about some of my other interests.