Commissioned Artwork, Original Paintings, and Fine Art Prints by Josi L. Jensen
About the Artist:
Put simply, I’m an artist; I love to create, and have found a love for watercolor in particular. My serious pursuit as an artist really only started up within the last year, but it’s been an idea/dream of mine since high school. All I knew at that point was that I wanted to be an artist, which led me to get my bachelors degree in Integrated Studio Art at Brigham Young University – Idaho. It was only after I met and married my husband, a country boy and avid hunter, when my ideas began to mature. I’d always been back and forth on the types of art I enjoyed making: abstract, realist, cartoon etc. But it wasn’t until I made my husband a watercolor painting of an elk for a Christmas presents that I realized what I really liked painting – nature. As a child I wanted to be a veterinarian, but it wasn’t until high school that I realized my talents resided elsewhere. So it was a natural fusing of past and present dreams to be an artist, and to paint nature. While I enjoy painting nature and animal pieces in watercolor on my own time, I specialize in commission artwork where a customer and I work together to create the artwork they have in mind. In this process they might either have me work from a photograph they have, or simply from an idea they’d like.
How Commissioned Pieces are Made:
In the case of having photo-references, it’s quite simple. You send me the photo and I make a painting from it. For ideas however it gets a bit more complicated. I go through five separate stages that I refer to as sketches, value studies, colour studies, final draw up, and finally painting.
In the “sketches” stage I do a series of 3 (or more) quick draw ups and they pick their favorite basic composition. From there I move on to the “value study” where I do another 3 (or more) roughed out black and white images of their approved sketch to let them pick how the values will play together. Then I move on with this black and white sketch they’ve selected and do 3 (or more) quick paintings with different colour schemes to allow my customer to pick their favorite colour pallet. Finally I do a full-scale final drawing, have them approve it, and then go to throwing the paint for the final work.
Ultimately the artwork that comes out from a commission is “your artwork, your way.” And though I do watercolor most often, I am also able to do scratchboard, charcoal, and graphite drawings along with acrylic and oil paintings.
Thoughts on Being an Artist:
I have a love/hate relationship with what I do, it’s the most draining and yet satisfying pursuit to take an idea and bring it to life. By far my favorite part of what I do is the creative process itself, going from an idea in my mind to an actual finished product. It’s exciting and riveting, and when I sit back and look at an image I’ve made I sometimes don’t believe that it was me that did it. I just think, “Whoa…I made that…” And as an artist it is really important to the creative process if you’re inspired by what you’re doing. If you’re not inspired while doing a piece you won’t be able to do it the justice it deserves. That excitement and inspiration is important and I personally find it while being in nature, if you couldn’t tell by the types of art I prefer. I get inspired when I’m outside and enjoying God’s creations, so how unfortunate it is that most of my artwork is done inside my stuffy little “office” far away from any deer or forests; though I do get the odd bird or stray cat. Ultimately that’s the goal though, to be inspired and to inspire through my work. My goal is to make people realize the beauty we have around us, and my hope is that what I do inspires you.
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