Randye Jenson - Wildness Pastel Paintings
Wildness to highlight April Art Show
“In wildness is the preservation of the world…” words that pastel artist Randye Jensen says, “hold to be true”, but also inspire and embrace her artwork.
Jensen, a Corvallis artist, will be the featured artist for the month of April at the Emerald Art Center, in Springfield, Oregon.
Jensen read those words as the title of a book she read as a teenager growing up in Brooklyn, New York.
“For someone who grew up above a store that sold tombstones it was a door to a different world, one that I would eventually open,” she said. “I continue to explore my passion for the natural world, backpacking, painting, biking, hiking… and choose to spend what time I can immersed in the beauty and grandeur that continue to awe and inspire me, whether I’m painting on location or in my studio at home.”
Many of the paintings Jensen will show are local examples of that wildness, from the Finley National Wildlife Refuge between Corvallis and Eugene.
“Painting is a never ending study of light, of atmospheric perspective, gauzy drapes appearing to cover distant mountains, bolder more vibrant colors at my feet. Near and far a search for patterns, rhythms, movement… voice.” She says. “Through my paintings I’m hoping to share with you a little bit of the wonder and the complexity, the subtlety and grandeur of the places I call home.”
“My paintings reflect many of the places I have fallen deeply in love with; places rich with experiences that connect me to the wilderness. When I paint I can smell the coffee percolating from my campsite, hear water splashing down the creek. I can remember the past few days when I was struggling across the mountain pass that I am now standing in front of, sketch book in hand.”
A reception for the artist will be held at the Emerald Art Center, 500 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 12, in conjunction with the Second Friday Art Walk.