A native Texan and an aspiring artisan, I am currently earning a double Bachelor of Arts in studio art and art history at Southern Methodist University. My love of the arts runs deep. I’m Jess-Marie. I have been a long-time artisan since I could hold a crayon, always honing my craft in my medium of choice. I strive to continuously build upon my skills, becoming more innovative today than I was yesterday, always providing my clients with creative and unique designs; contributing to their successes. It is my success as well, that will open wide the doors to the art world for others, inspiring them to create a new journey and story. One that will change their lives drastically as it did mine. The art world is never stagnant but ever evolving, and therefore, so should I be.
My artwork speaks of the deconstruction, the transformation, and the reconstruction that survivors undergo after such horrific abuses. While it brings awareness to issues that are typically too taboo to speak of, I force society to acknowledge that the issue does exist and impacts many. Most importantly, it expresses that there is hope and healing taking place in the midst of darkness. Healing doesn’t fill the body until wounds are lanced. Change cannot exist without first acknowledging that there is a problem. So many women in society have been victimized and abused, but do not speak about it. Dear to my heart, and the center of my art, is addressing the issue of domestic violence and abuse, and the healing thereafter.
My intentions are not to paint pretty the issues of abuse. It will not be left to a whisper. It will not be quietly hinted about. Abuse knows no pretty and neither does the deconstruction that change brings to a survivor. I continue to find the strength to speak out against domestic violence and abuse and serve my community as an advocate.