Her art is inspired by imagination, emotion, nature, music, and anything that catches her mind’s eye, and her style plays heavily on intricate details, vivid colors, and flowing, organic stylization.
Coming from an artistic family and having had a love of art and drawing since she could first hold a pencil, she is self-taught as an artist and has over 12 years of experience painting. Although she originally got her start working in soft body acrylic, she now works in watercolor, a medium she loves for its glow, quirkiness, and spontaneity. She often combines it with white gouache, colored inks, white gel pen, metallic acrylic, and mixed media elements.
In addition to selling her art online, Jessica also attends numerous art shows and festivals throughout Ohio and is co-owner of Mindscapes Studio & Gallery in Zanesville, Ohio, where she has many of her original paintings on display.
My art is an extension of my inner self, a medium that allows me to channel the inner workings of my mind into a physical painting. It’s important to me to allow my creativity to forge its own path, to not be bound by rules and labels, and to challenge myself to keep my art growing and evolving.
Each painting is born from a spark of inspiration, and that spark can be triggered by anything. Possibilities lie all around – in nature’s infinite variety of shapes and textures; symbolic or mental images conjured by emotions, music, or dreams; or even a manmade structure succumbing to time’s interminable pull.
Just as the source of inspiration can vary from painting to painting, so too can the meaning behind it. Sometimes the meaning is rooted in whatever inspired the painting – I’ll begin with a concept and build an image around it. Other times it’s the exact opposite – I’ll begin with an image, and the meaning will come later.
With my art, I endeavor to capture all these things, to offer a glimpse into the fantastic, the surreal, and the places that exist beyond the grey curtain of reality.
- 2017 Coshocton Art Prize: People’s Choice Award (Collective Body of Work)
- 2017 Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival: Emily Award Winner (Collective Body of Work)
- 2017 Coshocton Art Prize: Honorable Mention (Collective Body of Work)
- 2016 Coshocton County Fair: Best of Show for “A Price to Pay”
- 2016 Y-Bridge Arts Festival Best of Show Competition: Honorable Mention for “A Price to Pay”
- 2004-2016 Coshocton County Fair: 17 First Places, 11 Second Places, 5 Third Places
- 2013 Pomerene Center for the Arts Annual Art Show: Tie for First Place for “Where the Water Turns to Crystal”
- 2006 Appalachian Women Juried Art Show, Painting Category: Best of Show for “Deep in the Forest”