Artist Statement: My affection for nature runs almost as deep as my love for painting, and both are connected for me on a very spiritual level. I grew up on a family farm in Iowa, instilled with the value of respect for the land. After college and a move up north, exploring the great Minnesota outdoors became a passion. A majority of my paintings are from photos taken while hunting, out on fishing trips, or camping at state parks with my family. The images I paint are tales of my adventures and also of times just out enjoying nature.
Oil on canvas has been a favorite medium since studying visual arts in college. My approach is fairly representational. With each painting I desire to improve my technical skills while hoping not to sacrifice creativity and freedom of expression. I paint from photographs I’ve taken but often imagine the location (the smells, sounds, textures, etc.) in hope of conveying a more “en plein air” style. I also spend a great deal of time observing nature while mentally preparing for my next work. – Jess Frantzen
About the Artist: Jessica L. Frantzen grew up on a small family farm (now certified organic) near Alta Vista, Iowa. After completing high school in New Hampton (IA), she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Buena Vista University, Storm Lake (IA) in 2002. In 2008, Jess earned her Master of Science degree, Special Populations: EBD, at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She currently teaches K-12 visual arts at Zumbro Education District’s South Campus program (Byron, MN), a school for students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Jess resides in Rochester, Minnesota with her wife and their son.