Hi, Nice to Meet You!
My name is Jessica! I am an abstract painter and portrait photographer. I live in northern Wisconsin with my husband Jordan, two really smelly dogs Yogi and Sully, & way too many house plants. Creating and painting is my therapeutical aid in recovering from grief, an outlet to deal with way too many emotions, and quiet time to pray. Photography catapults me into being completely present and reminds me that creating connections with others is important too. My life will forever revolve around sustaining and growing my passion for art, as it leads my life in an affirmatively positive direction each and every day.
The inspiration behind J.Pence Studios began shortly after my father passed away. I started noticing a White Hawk following me on a regular basis. I believe this Hawk is a sign or message from spirit and this phenomenon has pushed me to follow my dreams of pursuing a career in fine art and photography.
If you’d like to know more about my story, keep scrolling.
Caterpillar: Strange Becomings
Growing up in the Northwoods was heaven, being constantly surrounded by endless forest, animals big and small, with thousands of freshwater lakes in every direction. Ive always been a bigger picture kind of thinker. Bigger picture as in what are we, and why are we here, a part of all this. Experiencing such curiosity has always left me with an insatiable appetite for learning more about the natural world we live in, and with maturity came an immense appreciation for the complexity and fragility of all living things. I’ve always been especially curious of the one thing that seems to connect us all, spirit.
I’ve always wanted to know as much as I could about nature and animals near and far. But I also excelled in expressing myself through art. Being shy in most situations left me full of things to say. Drawing and writing was my way of getting it all out. I come from a very creative family and growing up, our hobbies always included some form of art. That’s easy to say when you see almost everything artistically. My mom makes beautiful art and has always been one of my biggest inspirations. Over the past decade she has taken on pottery, stained glass composition and for a while, jewelry making. My entire family, we are all creators and builders in some way.
I have realized that I have always lived for the moments of escape that science and art give me. I live for that feeling of connectedness to something greater. Truthfully, I am still an imaginative, endlessly curious, kinda-shy girl.
Chrysalis: The Transformation
As I grew older, I couldn’t wait to leave town and be somewhere new, anywhere but home. I told myself I’d never come back because there was nothing here for me. I attended college and received my bachelors degree in design arts. I didn’t begin college with an art major, however. Believe it or not I started out with an accounting major, then switched to communications because I LOVE to write and it seemed more fitting. My first communications class something terrible happened. The professor stated to the whole class that “if you follow this profession, you’ll never find a job. And if you find a job, you’ll never make any money.” Discouraging… That same semester I took my first film photography course which was a prerequisite for my comm major. I fell in absolute love. I took my camera out on photography hunts, capturing anything I thought was beautiful and could conceptualize in a more creative way through film, for assignments and just for fun. I felt the happiest when I was in the art department on campus. By the end of my 2nd year I had decided I was going to major in design arts with a focus on graphic design (thanks to a very good friend at the time! She explained to me what profession was all about and what the classes were like). Strangely, of all the courses I took, painting was not one of them. Painting used to be so intimdating for me! I stuck to design, photography, drawing, sculpture and print making. After graduating, I continued freelancing design and photography while maintaining a steadily promising career in corporate marketing. Even though I was attaining goals I had set for myself, I was so, so lost. I was so far away from that girl I used to be, and so very depressed. But at 24 I didn’t feel like I could admit this to anyone. In March of 2015, while working a marketing position at a local jewelry designers storefront, my world came crashing in on me. Crumbling..to pieces. My father was diagnosed with an aggressive and fatal disease. He was given a handful of weeks to live. I left the life I was trying to build to come home, and start all over again just to get a few more moments with my dad. The place I said I’d never return to. Losing my dad still feels so heavy, is bitterly painful most days, but was also the biggest blessing in my life. It ultimately pushed me back into my true direction, my path.
Loss has forced me to grow and grow and grow. It has taught me that our time is more precious than anything in the world. It is constantly teaching me to view connectedness differently and to cherish relationships.
To cope with what was happening to my life, I retreated to my mom’s art studio and walking trails daily, and became completely lost in seeing the world as I once did before. One night, I came across a canvas and some cheap acrylic paints in my moms studio. I don’t know why I felt so inclined to try painting of all things after so many years, but I went for it anyway. I was immediately hooked. I spent hours and hours teaching myself how to paint with oils and later on with time, resin. It had clicked for me, that my love for nature is the major inspiration behind my artwork, and painting, quite literally was my form of therapy. Waiting for loss was very different than actually dealing with loss. But one thing remained the same: I could not live without creating art or be away from nature ever again, no matter how many tears welled in my eyes and got in the way of seeing what I was painting. Painting was where I could escape from the world and focus on anything my mind could imagine. It allowed me to meditate and pray without even realizing it.
One day, I decided I was confident enough to share my art on social media and my world began to change in a positive way.
Butterfly: Wings To Soar
In the summer of 2016, while on a jog with my dog yogi, we saw a massive, brilliant white and gold hawk fly above us for a mile straight. He was watching us so intently. I felt like I was flying with this hawk, like he was carrying me. (It was probably the first time in years I ran a mile without stopping lol) I experienced such an overwhelming source of pure, loving light emanating from this hawk, I knew right away that god was with us. He was showing me that I can soar with my wildest dreams while remaining entirely true to myself. It was the confirmation I had prayed for, and god knew that was the best way to get the message through to me. It was by far the most breathtaking animal encounter I had ever experienced, and yet it hardly felt real, like I was dreaming. But oh, it was so real. With my longing to make a business with my art, I was reminded that God gave me talent to share with the world to spread his word and joy.
I launched my business that very night Yogi and I saw the hawk. I have since created and sold hundreds of paintings all through Social Media while becoming an internationally published artist.
Solo Exhibit: Olson Memorial Library Gallery 11/17
World of Interiors / Featured in Artist Impressions 2/18
World of Interiors /Featured in Artist Impressions 3/18
Framing Joy / Cover 3/18
World of Interiors / Featured in Artist Impressions 4/18
Framing Joy / Inside Cover 9/18
Vanity Fair / Featured in Unparrelled Designs 10/18
Framing Joy / Inside Cover 10/18
Vanity Fair / Featured in Unparrelled Designs 11/18
Framing Joy / Inside Cover 11/18
Vanity Fair / Featured in Unparrelled Designs 12/18
Framing Joy / Inside Cover 2/19
Jessica Received her Design Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Over time and with much trial and error, I've learned which types of resin and various mediums best convey my vision. Using unorthodox tools and specific formulas, I am able to manipulate my mediums of choice to make certain textures, patterns and reactions. I incorporate genuine crystals, rocks and agates sourced from all over the world into each painting. The harmony of these textures and 3D elements creates my signature aesthetic.
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