IVY JACOBSEN: Sweet As Spring
Vintage ephemera, gold leaf, oil, acrylic, and resin on panel
25 x 23.5 in
Nature inspires Ivy Jacobsen. She spent her early childhood living on a farm amongst the fruit orchards of Kingsburg, in the Central Valley of California. During high school Jacobsen moved to Pacific Grove, where she became aquatinted with the beauty of the natural landscapes and seascapes of the coast. She is inspired by nature in all of her art making. Since she paints from imagination, Jacobsen focuses on memories of nature and different plants. Her stylized work does not rely on accuracies, but rather on the essence of the species. In 1997 Jacobsen took her first painting class and instantly became hooked; it solidified by declaring her art major in college. Two years later she earned her BA in painting and printmaking from SFSU. She continued developing skills by taking painting classes at SFAI and printmaking classes through City College of San Francisco at Fort Mason Center. Influential teachers include artist Paul Pratchenko, her painting instructor at SFSU, and the late painter Glen Hirsch, a painting instructor at SFAI. Jacobsen’s practice has become more focused in recent years. She now has a family and has less time to devote to the studio. Nevertheless, when she is in the studio, she feels more productive and diligent than before children. Every hour counts, so she uses her time wisely. In her current work, she uses oil and acrylic paint layered with 2-part epoxy resin to give the illusion of atmosphere and depth. Recently she has been incorporating collage into her paintings. Besides nature, inspiration comes from Japanese art, Chinese art and botanical illustrations. She is particularly interested in woman artists who balance motherhood with being a full-time artist, as it is encouraging to learn about artists who balance other demands. She is also moved by the work of Yvette Molina and the innovative paintings and flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe.