Through early and middle childhood in suburban New York, Jessica attended art classes locally, and by
high school, she was commuting to Manhattan for classes at the Art Student’s League where she fell in love
with figure drawing. The experience of being in a serious working environment for art was one that she
wanted to continue, and so for her formal undergraduate schooling, she attended and earned her BFA from
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
During Jessica’s child rearing years she free-lanced as an illustrator in New York City and taught art to
children in Southern California. In 2000 she illustrated a children’s book called Christopher’s Anger,
published and distributed by WPS in Santa Monica, Ca. Over the past decade, Jessica has exhibited in
galleries and art shows in both California and New York City.
Jessica now resides in Big Bear where she works as a full time artist. She finds that living in the mountains
lends itself to using wood and pyrography as her medium. She loves wood’s natural grain, color, and
texture and incorporates the wood’s irregularities in her designs. Most of her images emerge intuitively,
therefore she prefers diving right into her application rather than making preliminary sketches.
Because of the intricate detail in her work, pieces can take anywhere from 40 hours to several hundred
hours to complete.