"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso

It wasn't until she became a mother that her work shifted into new territory. What began as a way to commemorate and preserve her young son and daughter’s childhood memories soon blossomed into a reflection of her own childhood experiences. How drastically the world has changed, how her own memories of lucky rabbit foot keychains, wave pools, cigarette gum, and real fox fur shawls compete with her daughter's love of all things pink and her son's shark obsession.  

Her work draws inspiration from the pretend worlds we all create, and how we eventually learn that everything is not as it seems. 

Jessica's love of vintage wallpaper serves as a background layer for her psychological exploration of one's inner child. She uses this creation as a vehicle to tell a story that brings our imaginations to life. Her children's, hers, yours. 

In this way, she is painting what she sees and what she remembers. 


Education

M.F.A. Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, IL : painting

B.F.A. University of Louisville - Louisville, KY : painting

 

Selected Exhibitions

2014 FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING, National Juried Exhibition,

-Second Place, group exhibition

-Customs House Museum, Clarksville, IL

 

2013 INTERVIEW AND FEATURED WORK, Hotellerie-gastronomie Magazine

-Luzern, Switzerland

 

2011 FINE SWINE ART, group exhibition

-Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY

 

2010 CENTRAL SOUTH ART EXHIBITION NATIONAL,

-Publix Charities Foundation Award, group exhibition

-Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN

 

2010 WATER TOWER REGIONAL, group exhibition

-Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY

 

2009 THE BACON SHOW, group exhibition

-Mew Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

2005 SWEET MEAT, solo exhibition

-Fresco Gallery, Edwardsville, IL

 

2005 SIUE Graduate Exhibition, group exhibition

-Edwardsville, IL

-Juror: Dawn Nash-Zen Gallery, St. Louis, MO

 

2004 SIUE Graduate Exhibition, group exhibition

-Edwardsville, IL

-Juror: Ron Fondaw -Washington University, St. Louis, MO

 

2003 PRINT, group exhibition

-Fort Gondo Compound For the Arts, St. Louis, MO

 

2003 FRESH AIR/FRESH ART, group exhibition

-New Wagner Gallery, Edwardsville, IL

COLLECTIONS

2017

Southwestern Great America, Permanent Collection

2451 Atrium Way, Nashville, TN

 

Academic Appointments

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

(Graduate Assistant)

Fall 2003 Drawing I

Spring 2004 Drawing I

Fall 2004 Painting I

Spring 2005 Painting I