ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Massachusetts and raised on the seacoast of New Hampshire, Jess Reyna followed her passion for art and studied at the University of New Hampshire. She began as a studio art major but was finding herself in a creative rut, unable to enjoy her artwork like she used to. For fear of losing her creativity, she switched her major to art history and studied abroad in London in 2011 to dip her toes into modern and pop art.
Since graduating in 2013, she has lived across the United States in Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, and South Carolina. She now resides in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom for the next six months.
During her time in the UK, she has formed an art collective called Hope + Easel, which officially launched in June 2018. She works closely with twenty artists across three countries to discuss the latest art trends, issues, news, events and collaborations, some of which are formed around a charity. She is also a submissions reader for Spry Lit during her free time.
ABOUT THE WORK
I am obsessed with bright colors. Much of my work reflects dark and light tones to create popping florals. I love to experiment with unnatural tones on my palette where it's creating light blue leaves on a rose, or fluorescent purple to my petals. My goal is to paint images that will accent a room and send positive vibes to your home.
After a couple of years of focusing on florals, I've decided to put them away and begin the 100 Day Project with my muse being skies. I have traveled to many places around the world such as Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, various cities across the United States, and more. Each location gave me great memories of sunsets over the river Thames, sunrises during quiet Barcelona strolls, and nature hikes in mid-afternoon foggy Howth Head. I have captured many pictures of these skies but the picture never reveals the true colors seen in person. As a sense of nostalgia for these places, I’ve decided to challenge myself in a more abstract way by painting these skies I once saw in person.
I’m currently working on 100 Days of Skies, where each day is dedicated to a favorite location of mine. I focus on a particular location in the sky so that I am able to experiment with colors. It’s amazing to find cracks of yellow and pink in areas of the sky I never noticed before. One customer described my work as “calming and relaxing” when purchasing for her home, and that is exactly the goal I have in mind for these paintings. I use hard and fast brushstrokes as part of my creative process to fully capture the blend of colors and movement of the clouds.
I'm available for commissions!
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