Karenza Jackson has recently moved to Suffolk and has converted an old outbuilding into a new studio space in her 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 many 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. After being involved in a project called Tidal Margins this led to going out into the landscape in all weathers and all seasons and has given her the opportunity to focus on developing her sketch books and experimenting further with her work. Drawing remains central to her practice, but other media also play a part in the form of line, texture, pattern and colour. Much of her work consists of monotypes which are one off prints with an edition of just one. In essence they are a paintings made with a comprehensive armoury of printmaking techniques and use of collage. She also works in a variety of other media, including painting and she something that she really enjoys is the crossover between different media. Being of a contemporary and mainly representational nature, much of her work takes her on an experimental journey, moving it forward and keeping it fresh.
She exhibits her work mainly in and around East Anglia in a variety of venues
Complementing her studio practice, Karenza has also run a comprehensive programme of creative workshops for many years, teaching adults, children and groups with special needs in Suffolk and Essex..