THE ARTIST

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.

THE WORK

     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

(UPCOMING)

UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL VIRTUAL HOLIDAY SHOW

(UPCOMING)

THE SMALL WORKS SHOW

(UPCOMING)

PORTRAITS SHOW

MADE IN UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL

2020

Exhibiting online with Eventeny, Salt Lake City, UT November 20th-December 19th

2020

Exhibiting at CORE NEW ART SPACE in Lakewood, CO November 13th-29th

2020

Exhibiting online with Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA November 5th-28th

2018

Exhibited and sold in Gateway Center Mall in Salt Lake City UT

ALUMNI SHOW,

BAGWELL GALLERY

2014

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

2011

Exhibited in the Junior Painting Show “Twelve Painter Painting” at Florescent Gallery in Knoxville TN

PATTERNABLE, SAPPHIRE

2010

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

2009

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

2007

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

SCHOLASTICS

2005

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

EDUCATION

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

2011

Studied Abroad taking courses in Advanced Painting and Art History

PELLISSIPPI STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE; KNOXVILLE TN

2007 - 2009

Received an Associates Degree of Science

Address

Salt Lake City UT,

Knoxville TN,

Contact

865.765.4667

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