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I am a local Arlingtonian, still relatively new to painting, and I have found inspiration and love in oil paints over the last few years. I minored in Visual Arts in college, but my focus then was photography. After college I moved back home and worked for a few years while I built a van into a camper. The plan was to traverse the Pan-American Highway, Alaska to Argentina, in two years, stopping in both Central and South America for several months to work with local non-profits. After a wonderful but somewhat traumatic long-term travel experience, I came back to Arlington to start over again, and as part of my “re-find me” plan, I signed up for an oil painting class through Arlington’s Adult Education program. I’ve been signing up every semester for 6 years now for Jane McElvany Coonce’s painting class, and feel that I have grown immensely from her tutelage and from observing the other students in the class. Most of my first paintings were transformations of photographs that I had taken over the years in college and on my travels.
Today, I focus on light and vibrancy, attempting to draw my viewers in with color and composition, often making you feel that you are a part of the painting. My style would most likely be called realism, but with a flare of effervescence that captivates a moment in time more than a photograph ever could.
I have done many commissions, portraits of people and pets, but my favorite compositions are still landscapes. I look forward to showing throughout Northern Virginia and elsewhere in the coming years as I gain publicity and opportunity through the Arlington Artists Alliance and Gallery Underground. Since joining the Alliance in 2013, I have shown at the Arlington Free Clinic, Luna Grill, Cosi in Courthouse, Arlington Co. Treasurer’s Office & Judicial Chambers, Cassatt’s, SAIC/Leidos, Hand-N-Hand Therapy, Aurora Hills Library, the Holiday Inn in Ballston (which I help co-curate), and Gallery Underground, where I am honored to say I’m also the Gallery Co-Director.
2014 Second Place, “Mayhem”, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA
2012 Best in Show, Arlington Adult Education 2nd Annual Juried Art Show, Arlington, VA
2011 Second Place, Arlington Adult Education 1st Annual Juried Art Show, Arlington, VA
“The Blues,” August 2016, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA
“Road Trip,” May 2016, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA
“Red,” May 2015, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA
“World Aesthetic,” October 2014, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA
“Mayhem,” May 2014, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA
“Visions of the Future,” February 2014, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA
“Be Square,” September 2013, Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA
Arlington Adult Education 2nd Annual Juried Art Show, October 2012, Arlington, VA
Arlington Adult Education 1st Annual Juried Art Show, October 2011, Arlington, VA
Paintings make gorgeous gifts. I love transforming my (and anyone else who is interested in having a Painting by Jessica) favorite pictures or images into timeless treasures. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or ideas.