Studio #218 Anne Jensen

“You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is… Unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far.” – Alice Neel

I started my creative exploration as a weaver and transformed into a painter. The colors and textures I encountered while working with threads naturally translated to my understanding of paint on canvas. Once I started painting, I felt an immediate connection. For me, painting served as a better expressive outlet, and I have never looked back.

The subject of my work draws inspiration from the places where I have traveled and lived. My current series is made of several abstract expressionist paintings based on my home town of Bergen, Norway. There I devoted much time outdoors absorbing and appreciating nature as well as capturing what I observed through photography.

My creative process often begins with one of the photographs I have taken. The emotions and memories the photos invoke, serve as the base of my paintings. Ultimately I hope to share my memories of these places with viewers.

Currently I am exploring abstract and expressionist styles because I enjoy the challenge and the freedom with color and form. Color is essential to my emotional expression and determines the overall mood of the series. I do not always have a set idea for the final product. I start a dialogue between my brush and the canvas, letting the conversation lead the painting in different directions.

Through this process, painting helps me learn more about myself.