Local artist draws inspiration from her time living in Utah's desert landscapes

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Drawing inspiration from landscapes, Jensen uses her oils to create a variety of pieces that range from the abstract to the more definedThe subtle beauty and varying colors of the Utah mountains and landscape have defined Lisa Jensen's art. Jensen moved to Oregon from Utah 10 years ago and discovered the beauty of the Northwest's green and gray landscape.

She currently lives in Wilsonville with her husband, two sons, daughter, and of course her art. Jensen is featured as August's Artist of the Month

at the Wilsonville Public Library.

Jensen grew up in Las Vegas and Utah. She went to school in Utah and cultivated her art. "Utah has a rich history of landscape and painters," she said. "I worked at the art museum and got well versed in the art community. There is a really good culture there." Her time in Utah shaped her sensibility to its landscapes. "Utah has a lot of straw fields and beautiful mountains."

Jensen has three kids, all of whom have inherited her creativity. She said, "My 10-year-old loves making movies. He thinks like a director." When Jensen and her family moved to Wilsonville, they completely redid the home on their own. As a result, her children are well versed in the art of DIY projects.

Jensen's preferred medium is oil. Drawing inspiration from landscapes, she uses her oils to create a variety of pieces that range from the abstract to the more defined. Speaking about the diversity of her work she said, "Sometimes there's a definite reference to landscape. There's almost always horizon lines. Sometimes I abstract it further and breakdown the essentials so people can experience it without getting caught up in the details."

In the exhibit displayed at the Wilsonville Public Library, Jensen said she was thinking about place and trying to toe the line in between. "It's seasonal, and there is an extra layer of personal experience through the feminine perspective," she said. "There could be something more emotional or spiritual there."

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