Karenza Jackson lives in North Essex and works from her studio in the garden. She gained an art foundation diploma which she completed at the Colchester School of Art in 1994. Whilst there, apart from painting and drawing, she discovered printmaking. She has been a member of the Gainsborough's House Print Workshop for some years.
She also has a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art from Suffolk College/UEA completed in 2005. During her time there, amongst other things, she investigated portraiture, working in various media including plaster. This lead to an amazing opportunity to paint the well known DJ John Peel and his wife Sheila.
After her degree, she continued to experiment and develop her work, underpinning it with printmaking and regular life drawing sessions in Sudbury.
Figures and groups of people became the main source of subject matter for a time, together with still lifes. More recently, getting involved in a project called Tidal Margins has led to going out into the landscape in all weathers and all seasons. This has given her the opportunity to focus on developing her sketch books and experimenting withher work. Drawing remains central to her practice, but other media also play a part in the form of line, texture, pattern and colour.
She exhibits her work mainly in East Anglia. Karenza also spends time teaching and running workshops for children, adults and people with special needs.
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