I found the wood depicted in this painting at the location, but it was not until I was looking at it on my kitchen windowsill that I had the idea to use it in a landscape. The background is from West Quoddy Head near Lubec, Maine. I wanted to capture how mysterious and monumental these cliffs are, but it's a long process of painting opaque colors and then glazing over them going back and forth several times until it has the effect I'm searching for. On another note, I usually paint on canvas, but I've begun recently to experiment on wood panels. I'm enjoying the surface and plan to do more paintings on wood. This cradled wood panel comes ready to hang.
Jay Jensen enjoys capturing the unique magic of a dramatic sky or the late afternoon light. He currently lives in Canada and has been influenced by the work of Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. Jay considers himself a figurative painter, but particularly loves painting ocean views. He does a lot of glazing which make his works even more luminous in person.