Lisa Graa Jenson RI SGFA | Watercolour | 9 x 11.5 inches
Lisa Graa Jensen was born in Copenhagen. She attended the Sir John Cass School of Art in Whitechapel and then trained at Camberwell School of Art gaining a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design.
After art college Lisa spent time as an Illustrator working for Hamlyn, MacMillan, Marshall Cavendish and the BBC, as well as Puffin Books and Camden Graphics. She then took up a roll as an Art Therapist before becoming a freelance Painter and Illustrator of books and cards in 1983.
Throughout the years Lisa has won many awards, she has been elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours as well as a member of ASGFA (The Society of Graphic Fine Art).
Talking about her art work Lisa says: “I am a painter and illustrator of vibrant colourful figurative landscapes i.e.: undulating countryside, markets, pubs, cafes, French farming scenes and coastal/beach scenes usually featuring dogs and cats and often farm animals such as sheep, donkeys, cows, hens etc…”. Her work is typically colourful and lively and demonstrates a strong sense of observation.
Lisa uses light, fast watercolour and acrylic inks which have good reproduction qualities and designer gouache. She paints on very heavy watercolour paper, uses brushes, a sharpened end of paintbrush to scratch out detail, fingers, splatter bristle brush, and salt for colour dispersal. Lisa works from memory, sketches and photos. The initial idea is very loosely mapped out so that the painting can feel spontaneous, and not like painting by numbers.
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