Jacqueline Hensel

Jacqueline Hensel

A watercolorist versatile in both traditional and contemporary styles and combinations thereof. I believe in pursuing light, energy and emotion with watercolor painting. Favorite themes of late are the urban landscape, landscapes and abstracts.

My formative years were near the Pacific Ocean and mountains in California. I now reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am inspired by the local landscape, nature conservancy, defending wildlife, and art. My four loves are Environment, Spiritality, Art and People.

I attended College of Marin and Santa Rosa Jr. College earning an associate degree and taking further classes. Compelling interests were anthropology, art and biology. I loved the plein-air art excursions and field biology treks.

My working career included being an Office and Human Resources Manager for a health food company (Fantastic Foods) for over twenty years and a Human Resources Professional for German Shipping Line (Hapag-Lloyd) for roughly ten years.

I rediscovered the magic of the watercolor medium in 1990. I joined the Marin County Watercolor Society shortly thereafter and later on the Marin Arts Council, California Art Club, Monday Morning Sketch Group and have participated in Marin Open Studios. I am a recent member of the North Bay sketchers. It always fun connecting with other artists and exhibiting with them and have participated in many group shows and solo shows. Some of my watercolors have appeared on book covers and in a leading Japanese magazine illustrating my father’s article.

In addition to watercolors, I have created with pen and ink, wood and linoleum blocks, sculpture and acrylics. Drawn to a medium which is primarily non-toxic, portable and fast drying, watercolor was my answer when hiking and traveling. I find painting plein-air inspiring and invigorating.

Realizing all great painters come to California, I took workshops in Yosemite, Mendocino, East Bay and South Bay with George James, John Salminen, Dick Cole, Ratindrar Das and Joseph Bohler.

My major art influences were my mother (an artist of many mediums), Frank Francese, Stephen Quiller, Don Getz, Douglas Walton, and Timothy Clark. Admired painters of the past include Mary Cassatt, Rembrandt van Rijn, Utagawa Hiroshige, John Singer Sargent, and Winslow Homer.