Capturing the fleeting moods of cityscapes and landscapes as they are transformed by fog, rain, light and darkness is my continuing passion. Reinventing and finding beauty in our day-to-day pedestrian world . . . watching the drama unfold in atmospheric changes as day recedes into the formless abstractions of night . . . reveling in the play of reflections dancing on a rain swept pavement and contemplating the mysterious in the spaces between the objects we see . . . this is my inspiration.
Carol Jessen was born and raised in Oakland, California. She studied at San Francisco State University and holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and biology. After graduating she donned her backpack and traveled the many corners of the world including Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and many countries of the far east. She would then go on to study at the Mendocino Art Center and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. The far east left a vivid impression which prompted her to reside in Kyoto, Japan for a year and on two later trips study Japanese woodblock printing (moku hanga) in the Japan Alps with Toshi Yoshida.
Her primary mediums are oil painting, pastel and various forms of printmaking and collage. Her work has been featured by Next Monet and Editions Limited where her original oil paintings and pastels sold out at the New York Art Expo in 2004. Her paintings have also been featured on book covers and the film "Click" starring Adam Sandler.
Arc Gallery, San Francisco
2016 Four Square
2017 Four Square
2018 Four Square Alumni
2019 Four Square All Stars
2004 New York Art Expo
1998-2012 Sausalito Arts Festival, Juried show
1998-99 Solo Show, Castle Fine Art, San Francisco
1992, Solo show, Verne Collection, Cleveland, Ohio show
1989-present Open Studios at Hunters Point Shipyard, Building 101, Studio 2113