Jessica has always felt that her art, like eating, is something she has do to live. It is her happiness. Her work is usually a culmination of experiences from human observation, her insane imagination, and her curiosity with the beauty of the botanical world.
Sadly, Jessica lost her daughter, Fern four years ago and it caused a heavy rift on her ability to be creative. "It's been coming back slowly and the intensity, humility, and hilarity in my work has been a great joy and surprise. I think I am able to see people differently as a result... You never know what someone has just experienced and a little kindness goes a long way”
Jessica supports Commune because she sees it as a brilliant way to use “art to speak to a diverse audience… about a very intense, personal and uncomfortable message.” She says, "Art has the power to evoke so much more than words, art backed by solid undeniable facts is even stronger yet”
“Advise, yikes. All I can say is, don’t under value yourself. I can't speak for all artists, but for me being an artist isn't necessarily a choice, it's more of a way of being. I often refer to the idea of Mothers being paid to be Mothers, a 24 hour job. Artists are always thinking, generating, creating, mastering, retuning. It doesn't start at 9 am and end at 5 pm”
If you’re down for Jessica’s inspiring story, and mission to build art focused retail shops in developing neighborhoods check out her new website: murmurcuriosities.com. You can also buy Jessica's artwork at jessicaturtle.bigcartel.com