Karen Kurka Jensen is an accomplished contemporary ink and watercolor artist, portraying her deep connection to nature through mystical landscapes and abstract images. Jensen grew up in Minnesota where she was sidetracked from a library career following a traumatic car accident. She went in search of alternative healing after doctors could not relieve her chronic pain. She met a traditional Chinese healer who not only treated her successfully but introduced her to the Chinese culture and heritage. This “accident” led her down a path of discovery, falling in love with the art of sumi-e. Karen met and began studying with American sumi-e masters, Susan Frame and Susan Christie shortly after they returned from formal studies overseas in China and Japan, where their teachers were Zhuo He-Jun and Lu Yen Shao. She has continued research studies on her own from renown sumie artists such as Diana Kan and Gao Xingjian.
Early in her career, she developed her own style of abstract expressionism; her dreamy landscapes and images take the viewer on a journey into their own souls. Immediate and lovely, Jensen's desire is to inspire. She conveys her poetic style through the use of natural and traditional materials, creating fantastical images on delicate rice paper with water, ink and color.
“I find in nature peace and healing. When I was introduced to this medium, where the importance is on connecting spiritually to your subject, I found the language of my soul. I moved to Utah a few years ago where the land forms and colors astonished me. I needed to capture the essence of this change in my life. The flow of ink on the paper brings insight into my world by inviting you to share in the moment or mood created by my work; magical, mysterious, ecstatic, or divine.”
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