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.
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About The Artist
I also stopped painting for over twenty years due to family obligations and work. I’m in catch-up mode now. It’s important that each of my paintings be as good as I can make them. That’s probably why I rework a lot of them after they are “finished”.
I guess, above all, I consider myself to be a figurative painter. To me, it’s the most challenging and the most rewarding direction for a painter to take. It requires good compositional skills, i.e., working in the abstract, and a mastery of technique in order to create a slice of the world that seems real, but one that is also imaginary.
I don’t deliberately try to make a statement or convey a message with my work either. I’m attracted to light and color, and that’s what I try to reproduce in my paintings. I want to make images that are interesting to look at, both up close and from a distance. Whatever emotion or meaning that may come through happens as a by-product, as a result that I was the one wielding the brush and mixing the colors. One of my favorite quotes by an artist that illustrates that I am by no means unique in how I regard my work, comes from Edward Hopper, who famously said: “What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house”.
Colorado State University
Master of Fine Arts, 1980
Gettysburg CollegeBachelor of Arts, 1976