acrylic on found wood, 12.5 x 4 in.
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Tjasa Owen (pronounced Tee-asha) is a bicoastal landscape artist living and painting from both her studios in San Francisco and on Cape Cod. Her paintings are inspired by her international travels, her love for coastal and inland landscapes and by the colourful sketchbooks and written correspondence she works on daily. Having grown up by the Atlantic seashore, she is drawn to the ever changing skies and coastal scenes. During her foreign travels and time away from her studios, she photographs, sketches, and paints watercolors to capture landscape details and textures. If she is not with a paintbrush in hand, Tjasa is usually found abroad posting photos and stories to share. Her work has been shown extensively in the US and Internationally and when in San Francisco, her studio doors are always open for visitors.
Each piece, for me, is unique and carries its own story. My landscapes are inspired by my love for the Atlantic & Pacific coastlines as well as my travels abroad. I will incorporate my memories of different places, textures and colours I have seen into the individual pieces. Rather than documenting any actual place, I am more interested in reassembling the elements of scenes I remember- the way we do with snapshots and scrapbooks - to create views that feel shared and remembered. I sometimes add postscripts and incomplete phrases from my journals or sketchbooks to imbue these new places with a sense of time and history. I liken my process to conjuring a landscape postcard in my head, reproducing it on canvas, and, by adding an ink stamp or words from my sketchbooks, it’s as if I am sending it back into the world. By making paintings that feel like correspondence, I invite viewers to invent their own stories about the places I create in my work.