Artist Statement

As you can see, I'm fascinated with our natural world, constantly studying the profusion of colors and textures, and the many qualities of light that can transform an ordinary scene into something luminous. When I'm drawn to a particular place to paint, I focus on these qualities, in order to express that specific moment in that place. I'm also messing around with abstraction, which you can see in the encaustic pieces. It's an invigorating challenge!

I enjoy experimenting with various materials in my paintings: along with brushes I sometimes use sea sponges, a range of textured papers, and plaster along with acrylic and oil paints. I also enjoy the challenge of plein air pastels--sometimes battling the elements!--as well as the endless possibilities of encaustic.  I've organized my page with my paintings first, including a large commission for the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital/Stanford (made up of 3 large panels set together); the paintings are followed by some pastels, and encaustics. [You can see a lot more on my new website!] Ultimately, whatever the medium, I work to create pieces that speak of the mysteries and forces of nature, of the sublime in nature, and of the deep interconnection we sense when we are out in such places.

Location

208 Highland Court, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Email
jeannesofen@gmail.com
Website
https://www.jeannesofen.com
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