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James Jensen | Colors of Life

James Jensen was raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. Although raised in the home of a sculptor, James found his earliest artistic talents in the world of music, where he trained to become a concert pianist. As his various gifts began to manifest, James found himself pulled between two possible careers - painting and music. While playing the piano is still an important part of his life, James has gone on to receive national attention for his skills as a painter. When viewing Jensen's still life pastels, the influence of the Old World masters is unmistakable. But there is an individuality in his work, a vibrancy that comes from the artist himself. Now residing in California, Jensen spends a month each year in Italy immersing himself not only in the art, but also the food, the music and the Italian way of life. He is an artist who likes to experience life.