My name is Jessica but I often go by Jess or Jesse. Most days you'll find me at home painting, making or drawing. However, this hasn't always been the case. It's not been until recently that I've stepped into this position. A few years back I was presented with an opportunity to move abroad with my husband. Rather than finding a traditional job I decided to finally focus on my art. This was something I had dreamed about for years, but it always felt so untouchable! It was during this time that I recognized the true importance of being creative and how it made me feel. It became less about the outcome and more about the internal connection. I learned that being creative served a purpose far beyond the art making. It taught me to be present, grounded, and confident within myself. Once I began to recognize these feelings my perspective started to change. What I had neglected for many years was ultimately the answer for so many things. I knew it was time to nourish and grow my creative self.
Finding this type of certainty was not always easy. It's taken me a long time to summon those words and to speak my truth. Many necessary things had to happen before I could be so brave. Such things as, failed degrees and academic endeavors, moving to other cities, traveling solo, living abroad, counselors, retreats, removing societal expectations, too many jobs to count and a whole lot of thinking and REFLECTING. It's life at its best…living and learning. It's been a long journey (and it will continue to be) but I wouldn't have it any other way. Life takes us on an endless scavenger hunt. There's clues waiting within every challenge. Each clue presents a greater awareness to who we are and what we can become.
I'm happy to say I'm currently working as an ARTIST! At this point my passion or focus is illustration and painting. However, I don’t limit myself to just that. I’ve never been one to gravitate towards a specific niche or style. These days I’m dabbling in hand lettering, I love drawing anything nature themed, and I’m addicted to textiles.