I'm a full-time oil painter living in the North Bay. Can be painting vineyards in Napa within 30 minutes of leaving my home or paint within walking distance of where I live on Mare Island. Impressionist Plein Air painting is my passion.
California Coast, 20 x 24 oil painting of Laguna Beach, was selected into the 15th Annual American Impressionist Society
(AIS) Exhibition. The opening reception is October 2 at Abend Gallery
in Denver, Colorado. There were over 1,300 entries and only 165
paintings were accepted into the show. I feel honored to be included
again this year.
The Winter months can seem long and discouraging to an artist that likes to paint outdoors. We find ourselves wondering if Spring will ever come. When I become lethargic and unmotivated to be creative, I head to the beach. Even in Winter, it lifts my spirits. This has increased my creative energy. What do you do as a plein air painter to get through Winter?
If you subscribe to International Artist magazine, I hope you saw their latest issue. This issue includes my article, Plein Air Strategies. You can also read it from the link above. I would enjoy knowing if the information helped with your plein air painting.
One of my bucket list items has been accomplished with a recent trip to Giverny, France.
Seeing Claude Monet’s studio and two gardens was a highlight of my
France trip. Being within an hour or so of Paris, it made it well worth
the visit. Our guide mentioned that Monet’s grave was at the church
cemetery in town. It was well worth the 15 minute walk from his home.
The church was open and it was surreal to walk inside as well as the
grounds around his unassuming grave.
Brent Jensen at Claude Monet’s Grave
Brent Jensen standing on the bridge so often painted by Monet
Antique French Water Pitcher and Sunflowers, 20 x 16 Oil
Painted from life emphasizing classical Impressionist techniques. With Lost
Edges, certain edges are not distinct and blur into background. The use of lost edges allows the painter to consciously direct the viewer's attention.
Example of Lost Edges blurring the top of the water pitcher into the background
This painting also uses Broken
Color. This technique creates color harmony by interweaving complimentary colors
throughout the entire painting.
Recently, I was contacted by SouthwestArt magazine for a Where Art They Now Portfolio for their October 2013 issue. I was originally highlighted as an Emerging Artist in their August 2006 issue. International Artist
magazine also contacted me about an instructional article. I’m not
positive on which issue it will appear, but am honored to be included in
one of their upcoming issues. For those interested, below is a list of
previous articles in which I have been featured.