Top left: "Calm at the Cove" 2014, oil & gold leaf on panel, 30" x 30"
Top right: "Land's End" 2013, oil & gold leaf on panel, 15" x 48"
2nd left: "Tree at Long Point" 2014, oil & gold leaf on panel, 24" x 48"
2nd right: "Fog on the Horizon" 2013, oil & silver leaf on panel, 40" x 60"
3rd row: "Misty Morning Triptych" 2014, oil & gold leaf on panel, 20" x 60"
4th left: "Confluence" 2014, oil & gold leaf on panel, 36" x 36"
4th right: "Solace" 2014, oil & gold leaf on panel, 30" x 30"
Bottom left: "Still Waters" 2014, oil & gold leaf on panel, 40" x 40"
“If you look closely, there’s a dance in every tree, a song within every grassy field, and a story behind each ocean wave - countless gestures and poses within nature’s landscape; ever-changing, yet timeless - inspiring me to capture these moments through painting...”
Inspired by nature, I begin my paintings by documenting what I am drawn to in the outdoor world. I use my camera to capture a scenic view, or I will sketch “en plein air.” I am interested in the notion of time and how atmospheric conditions and elements within nature change over each passing season. I strive to create a patina in my work that is symbolic to the idea of time. To achieve this, I create many translucent layers in a painting that builds a sense of depth and a rich appearance to each piece.
I use a combination of acrylic, oil, silver and gold leaf. I also incorporate a handmade paste made from marble to create a subtle textural effect. The silver and gold leaf add a unique quality to the work in which light reflects off and emits a glow to the painting. As the light changes throughout the day, so does the painting. Along with the beautiful effect the leaf has visually, I also use the silver and gold leaf as symbolic elements of time.
Raised on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA Jessica grew up surrounded by beautiful landscapes - an environment that encouraged and nurtured her artistic endeavors.
She received a BA in Fine Arts from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR and a
Masters in Arts Administration from The Art Institute of Chicago. Jessica furthered
her fine art studies at the Lorenzo DeMedici School in Florence, Italy.
She is an award-winning artist who has had numerous solo and group shows, and her work is widely collected in both private and public collections all over the world. Jessica lives in Newport, Rhode Island.