Jackie Jensen was born and raised on her family’s ranch near Winnett, Montana. One of her greatest joys is being able to spend time branding calves, sorting, and shipping. Jackie has spent 35 years in the rodeo arena, first as a little girl clearing calves and steers, later competing in high school, college, and the amateur rodeo.
After graduating from Montana State University in Bozeman, Jensen taught art for six years before turning her attention full-time to her studio in Lewistown. Jensen explains, “Having seen so much of the world, I am fascinated by the ‘little moments’ most people never take the time to see. I started creating images to paint from as a reference but found the world far more fascinating and beautiful than anyone would ever believe in my paintings. Who could paint a sunrise as breathtakingly beautiful as God? I just try to show, through my photography, how extraordinary His work is.”
“Middle of Montana Cowgirl,” Jackie Jensen has always had an adventuresome spirit. Jackie traveled with ‘Doctors Without Borders’ on a medical mission in Africa. She spent months backpacking in Europe one summer, seeing for herself some of the Western world’s greatest art. Jensen has driven a team of mules on a wagon train, killed elk in the Missouri Breaks, ridden a Harley in Sturgis and photographed the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas four times.
To contact Jackie Jensen, please email, [email protected], or call 406-320-0509.
Jensen likes to tell a story through the lens of her camera. “I try to make sure that the great joys in life are celebrated. Sometimes it is in the quiet moments of a baby sleeping or the contagious laughter of a child. Maybe the culmination of a lifetime’s worth of work as a father, son, and grandson walk side by side after loading the calves on the trucks in the fall. It might be a high point ride, a fast time or even just making the 8-second whistle. All of life’s moments, large and small, should be treasured. This is possible through photography.”
"All of life’s moments, large and small, should be treasured. This is possible through photography.”