Serena Jardine Fenton

Serena Jardine Fenton

I teach computer and information technology courses at Alamance Community College, with a focus on computer hardware/software, operating systems and database.

From 2003-2010, I taught courses at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, splitting my time between the School of Journalism's Certificate in Technology and Communication, the School of Information and Library Science and Carolina Courses Online

I have several degrees and even more interests. My first degree is in Art Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. I taught painting, design and jewelry at Queen Anne High School in Seattle.

In 1981 I received a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle. It was a great place to be. I studied with Steven Holl, Thomas Bosworth and James Cutler among others.

After I graduated, I ended up in New York, where I did architectural and product design with Milton Glaser. After passing all of my licensing exams, I got my architectural license. I lived in Baltimore and ran my own architectural firm for about ten years, doing interior renovations and office space design. Then we moved to Chapel Hill, I entered a program in Information Science, and the adventure really began!


Layers of Meaning is my blog, which has been around since 2002. I began with explorations of design and textile arts. For several years LoM was an online journal with pointers and random thoughts about the arts. As that arena has had sufficient coverage for 5-7 years, the blog has become more of a showcase for my own painting and photography.


Design is the thread which has woven all of my interests together. I have been involved in photography since the 1970s and can even run a black and white or color slide darkroom (remember those?!) In the 1980s and 90s, I was an architect and designed mostly high end retail shops or hospital renovations. I also spent many of those years as a slightly famous artist in New York & Baltimore.

Now I mostly do photography and design on the computer. My paintings are in oil, watercolor and gouache.