I have always been drawn to landscapes. Their sense of place, restful horizontal lines, layers of texture, and blending of subtle, harmonious blocks of color are mesmerizing to me. Somehow nature’s beautifully diverse color palette never disappoints. In my work, I walk the line between realism and abstraction, to include just enough of the lines, colors, textures and overall composition that the viewer has a sense that it is a landscape, and yet is able to be reminded of their own memories or aesthetic experiences in nature, without being inhibited by too many specific details.
Further, I like the challenge of communicating the emotions of personal trials, spiritual perseverance, and our connectedness to each other, through my lines, textures, and swells of color, rather than through the presence of concrete subject matter. One of the ways I help convey these intentions to the viewer (and one of my favorite parts of the creative process of each painting), is coming up with its title. There are great life lessons and beautiful parallels between our experiences and nature, and I like to use my titles to hint at those greater life connections, usually through a feminine lens, and to challenge the viewer to see a deeper layer of spiritual meaning in the pieces as well.
While completing her BA and MA in Art Education through Brigham Young University, Lisa Jensen worked for the Springville Museum of Art in Utah, as an Outreach Educator. There she was a member of Utah’s State-Wide Art Partnership (SWAP), and also the Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS), where she collaborated with other arts and science organizations (ie, Ballet West, Utah Symphony & Opera, Repertory Dance Theater, Clark Planetarium, etc.) to take outreach programs and teacher professional developments to every elementary, middle, and high school in Utah. This job took her on the road almost every day, traveling to nearby city schools, rural schools, and schools off of dirt roads in the far corners of the state. She regards that time as such an incredible experience, as it allowed her to see a wonderfully broad diversity in teachers and schools (and landscapes!). When she wasn’t traveling, she enjoyed working on shows and writing educational materials for the museum, teaching an Art Education course part-time at BYU, and of course, PAINTING.
Although it was hard, she left the museum—and the Utah mountains—when she had her first baby, and moved to Oregon with her husband ten years ago, where she fell hard for the Pacific Northwest. They currently live in Wilsonville, where she is blessed to have her studio right in their home so she can still keep an eye on their three children while she paints (and make sure they get their piano practice done). Her work won her a first place award in the Segullah publication, and has been featured in the Exponent II magazine, and the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego, Oregon.