Artist Statement

In her photography, Sandy Brown Jensen says that she attempts to make things look as if they were imbued with a dramatic underlying force. She photographs to discover traces of the “luminous fingerprints” of the divine.

Jensen says that photography takes her out of her head and into the world of light and shadow, form and composition. She says that she seeks “source imagery”—those images that for her are emerging from some fresh spring of the world right now. In her mind, there is a relationship with memory, dream, and reflection to be explored, photographed, suggested, and known.

All Jensen’s photography is shot and edited on her iPhone. / @sandramardene

Sandy Brown Jensen, Dr. Dexter Gallery, Eugene, OR

Displayed at Don Dexter Gallery

The Hour Before Dark, September 28-December 23, 2019 (Q4)

Where do you find your inspiration?

I never stop being astounded by Oregon, this “Other Eden” at the end of the Oregon Trail. Two hours to the beach, the desert, the mountains, the big city. We are the lucky ones!

Favorite thing to do in or around Eugene…

I love to climb Mt. Pisgah or Spencer Butte at sunset. The Camas Country Bakery is my favorite lunch stop. For special occasions—Marche or King Estate restaurants, and photo ops abound everywhere in Our Fair City.

Quote that inspires your creativity…

“And have you, too, finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?”

—Mary Oliver, “The Swan”


The Hour Before Dark by Sandy Brown Jensen
September 28-December 23, 2019 (Q4)

“The Hour Before Dark” is when the magic happens. That golden hour is when the light is rich and the shadows deepen into the mystery of the coming night. I am often out and about Lane County and even further afield in Oregon seeking out the trees, hill shapes, fields, rivers and skies that make this place so recognizably home to us all. I want viewers to say, “I am so glad to live in this beautiful place.”


Sandy Brown Jensen is a native of the Pacific Northwest and a UW graduate. She has a graduate certificate in Digital Storytellling from UC Denver, as well as an MFA in Poetry. She is a retired-but-still-teaching Writing Instructor at Lane CC. She and co-host Terry Way interview artists and review art on their radio program Viz City, (NPR for Oregonians).