Hi everyone + welcome! Thanks for stopping by! I'm Jessica, you can call me Jess. I am a painter, creator and avid list maker. Painting and drawing have always been my favorite things to do. One of the things I love most when I'm painting is noticing what feelings come up in the moment. Most of the time there's a mixture of joy tangled with uncertainty. Being sensitive to my emotions inspires me to pick up my paintbrush and begin again.
Here are my (emotionally inspired) Top 10 reasons of why I paint. I hope they inspire you too:-)
I feel the most brave: Painting pushes me to take leaps. A familiar gesture, whether it be a brush stroke or a simple pencil line, is a leap on my canvas, no matter how small.
Curiosity: Oftentimes I finish a painting only to feel eager to start a new one. Painting encourages me to never stop learning and explore all that interests me.
Spontaneity: I'm very organized so approaching the canvas openly adds balance to my creative process.
Freedom: I remind myself often that the surface I'm painting on is a space free of discouragement and a moment to enjoy.
Uncertainty: This is one of my biggest influences that I've learned to embrace. My doubts have taught me to trust the subtle shifts materializing in my work and accepting where it will take me next.
My heart opens: Always.
Playfulness: Life has its responsibilities and serious moments, painting allows me to let all that go and have fun.
I am the most present: Painting brings me back to the moment that I'm now in. I feel everything, I hear every thought passing by; but through it all I stay centered and keep working.
New eyes: Wherever I am, my creative heart opens my eyes to notice the beauty around me. I can create + explore anywhere.
Honor: Painting gives me the courage to be myself, be true to me and do what I love.
Finally, I'd be happy to hear from you too. If you have any questions or would simply like to share your inspirations, I'd love to hear! Please email me at hello@JessTeporaArt.com
I hope my art stirs up any inkling inside you to create (no matter how small); gets you excited about what you do (if you aren't already); and makes your day brighter:-)
Artist Biography I graduated with a BFA degree in 2003 from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with an emphasis in painting. I've explored many forms of bookmaking and printmaking including aquatint etching, lithography, silkscreening and mono printing. I also studied Textile/Surface Design briefly as part of the continuing education program at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Here, I explored pattern design through screen printing, weaving and painting. My main inspiration came from learning about the different creative traditions from countries around the world and weaving these ideas into my own creative personal vision. I currently live on Maui, Hawaii.