picture of artist Ryan Jensen painting en Plein Air
Artist painting en Plein Air. Look for me at the 9th Annual Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe, NM where I will be on faculty May 17th -21st.

How did you get started and develop your career?

My earliest memories are of my family and including my father, a painter, and mother, a graphic designer, arched together over a drafting board in our in-home studio; or my father’s paint-covered hands on the steering wheel as we drove to school.

With three, combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan, I gained crucial, life experiences that helped me “see the world through a different lens.” After I was honorably discharged, I returned to school.

Majoring in Fine Arts, in a painting class, I began to work with color for the first time. I realized that my life-long, drawing background had set a great foundation for me as a painter. But it was that “deep down” desire to paint, rooted in family life experiences, that surfaced in the remembered words of my father: words about the importance of warm and cool light and broad brushwork. Now, the first things people notice about my paintings are the way I handle light and brushwork.

To see more of Ryan’s work, visit:

oil painting of people sitting at table during evening light
Ryan Jensen, Happy People in The Evening Light, 24 x 30 in., oil on canvas, $2,200.00
oil painting of little girl in a bathing suit, fishing
Ryan Jensen, Girl Fishing in a Pink Hat, 20 x 16 x .5 in., oil on canvas, $2,200.00


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