Jessica is a Panamanian-American artist that found her first love of color and texture within the Panamanian culture along with the influence of her mother. Her mother was a cake decorator as well as a traditional Bailes Tipico dancer for Panama. As a child Jessica was always fascinated by the delicate elements of the traditional handmade headdresses and garments that her mother wore while performing. She was also entranced by the consistencies of icing her mother used while decorating cakes. When Jessica was first exposed to painting she noted and fell in love with the materiality and textures. While attending the University of Tennessee, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy. There, Jessica found the adornments of Madonna to be similar to the adorning of the women in Panamanian folk dancing. The consumption of these elements of divine femininity through art has been her inspiration in creating works that are both delicate and textural for her viewers. Her favorite themes within her work are exploring what is possible with the material by creating impossibly thick and touch worthy feminine elements.
My creations are conscious of the materiality of paint, with savoring textures and intricate line work.
The delicacies in application of icing like elements & adorning headpieces connects you with the consumption of divine femininity in the arts.
AWARDS, SHOWS & RECOGNITIONS
SOLO EXHIBITION, THE EMPORIUM CENTER ARTS & CULTURE ALLIANCE
UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL VIRTUAL HOLIDAY SHOW
THE SMALL WORKS SHOW
Exhibiting a solo show in the Balcony gallery, Knoxville TN March 4th-25th
Opening reception March 4th 2022
Exhibited online with Eventeny, Salt Lake City, UT
Exhibited at CORE NEW ART SPACE in Lakewood, CO November
Exhibited online with Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA
MADE IN UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL
Exhibited and sold in Gateway Center Mall in Salt Lake City UT
Exhibited in Pellissippii State Community College first ever Alumni Show which was held at the Bagwell Gallery in Knoxville TN
TWELVE PAINTERS PAINTING, FLORESCENT GALLERY
Exhibited in the Junior Painting Show “Twelve Painter Painting” at Florescent Gallery in Knoxville TN
Participated in Knoxville's First Friday, a night of artistic appreciation hosted by Knoxville's finest restaurants and galleries. Exhibited in solo show “Patternable”
STUDENT ART SHOW & RECOGNITION IN STUDENT ART MAGAZINE
Chosen to exhibit in the 2009 Student Art Show at Pellissippi Community College in Knoxville TN. Was also recognized in the schools 2009 Art Magazine
RECOGNITION BY KNOXVILLE
MUSEUM OR ART
Honorable Mention recognition in the 2007 Student Art Exhibit at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Was also chosen by KMA to be featured on the cover of the 2007 Student Art Exhibit Magazine.
AMERICAN VISION AWARD & HONORABLE MENTION
Received an Honorable Mention Award in the 2005 Scholastics Regional Student Show in Knoxville TN . Also received the 2005 American Vision Award in the Scholastics National Student Show in Carnegie Hall, New York NY
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE; KNOXVILLE
2009 - 2012
Obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Painting Concentration, and a Minor in Art History.
STUDIO ART CENTERS INTERNATIONAL; FLORENCE ITALY
Studied Abroad taking courses in Advanced Painting and Art History
PELLISSIPPI STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE; KNOXVILLE TN
2007 - 2009
Received an Associates Degree of Science