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12x12 fine art reproduction on heavy paper. Signed.


As seen in the Memphis International Airport. Original 4'x4' piece hangs at Gate 13.


There are some days that seem darker than others – it is then that we need a light.


One time I complimented a friend on her brightly colored jacket and she told me that she liked to wear bright colors on rainy, cold days because it brought a bit of cheer to an otherwise gray day. I was struck by her perspective on using what she could to make things brighter for herself and others. This piece was created to do the same. We all know that we live in an often-dark world. The struggles in life – whether they are ours or they belong to someone else – can feel overwhelming. Sometimes, we have to create our own light while we are going through the struggle… and sometimes we can be bright for someone else who’s in a dark place.


“To Be Bright” is intended to remind the viewer to have hope for a brighter future, even during the darkest times.


My work is about the tensions in life – about the difficulties and struggles we face – and how we respond to them. My hope is that when you are faced with your own struggle, my work will encourage you to have hope and joy. The figures in the pieces may feel sad, but they also dance. They may have limitations in their surroundings, still they push through. The plants and flowers are symbolic of growth and persistence. The change that plants experience – from seed to bud to beautiful bloom – is an example of how change can make us beautiful – if we allow it. 


To me, the most important things in life are the people around us and the decisions we make in response to what life throws at us. You may see in my paintings the hardness of life – the grief, sadness, anger, and hurt –while also offering the idea that there is hope for healing and growth through the struggle. It is intended to inspire you to live at peace with the complexity of a world full of storms and sunshine - while we mourn the deep loss we each experience, we still seek reasons for hope and joy.


More than any other possession, art is the one thing that brings joy to a home or workplace. Each time I look at art, I feel joy, connection, hope, and sometimes catharsis. I very much hope that my artwork does the same for you.



Color nuances cannot be captured perfectly by digital media and vary from screen to screen.  Jess’ paintings are often purposely abstracted, up for interpretation.  Some markings are flawed purposefully and thus affects the nature of the artwork as a finished piece. You'll be able to enjoy the natural brushstrokes and the ability to "see" the process in the finished piece.

Copyright: As is true with all art under U.S. law, the artist retains reproduction rights and copyright of her created pieces unless she has expressly given her written and signed consent. Note: An artist's decision to reproduce an original for printing tends to increase the value of an original work.

“To Be Bright in a Dark World” Art Print

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