Carol Jessen was born and raised in Oakland, California. Her primary mediums are oil painting, pastel and various forms of printmaking and collage. Her work has been featured by Next Monet and Editions Limited where her original oil paintings and pastels sold out at the New York Art Expo in 2004. She studied Japanese woodblock printing in the Japan Alps with Toshi Yoshida. She was also tutored in design, composition and the psychology of perception by William S. Lansberg. Her works are in the collections of the Cleveland Art Museum, Ohio and the New York Public Library, NYC.