About Jess



WHO AM I?
 
I am a traveler who doesn't get to leave New York very often.  I have two small dogs but am not a small dog kind of girl. I live a life filled with spectacular moments found in everyday observation.  I am curious, passionate, creative, emotional and fierce. I also can be awkward, clumsy, occasionally cross-eyed, and think you have to learn to own your mistakes--particularly if they are on canvas.  My sensitivity and partial lack of depth perception lead me to interpret and express the world of characters around me with a “nervous” line, a vivid palette. I am in every painting with my subjects.  In this “Untitled” exhibition I celebrate my awkwardness, my creativity, my vision, my art.
 
MY WORK:
 
As a self-taught artist, I have found that the path to the final creation is never straight and often fails on its way to succeeding. Many works end up in the shower with hot water altering the surfaces.  My approach is visceral and emotional, silly and sarcastic. I do not begin with preliminary drawings or block in large shapes. I begin with an idea and immediately move to express it. My eyes follow the edge as my hand interprets the vision. I trace and re-trace these edges until I am satisfied that the lines have grasped an expressive part of my subject. 
 
The result is an energetic, sometimes-awkward web of lines that form the structure of my final work.  Something in each of my subjects has captured my imagination, an elusive quality that words fail to explain.  Expressing that quality is what I chase and what drives me.
I hope that you will discover your own meaning.  Which one is your favorite?