Meet the Maker: Jessica Magee

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Jessica Magee was born and raised in Central Florida. Having a Grandma who was a professional artist and sign painter, Jessica became interested in the arts at an early age. Her Grandma taught her the basics of drawing the human form, how to use oil paints and even how to clean a paint brush. It was during this time in high school that she developed a love for abstract art and color. In 2014 and 2017, she was accepted in to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, and 2015 - 2017 was accepted in to the Cherry Arts Festival at the Stanley Marketplace through a blind jury process.


Q: Are you self taught?

 
 
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Jessica: I first caught the painting bug from my Grandma, who is a professional artist herself. She taught me how to clean a paint brush and how to work with oil and acrylic paints from a very young age. I took as many art classes in grad school as I could, but was mostly self taught. I remember filling up sketch book after sketch book with pencil portraits and other drawings. I would just practice and practice. I couldn't get enough of art...and still can't.


Q: Where did you grow up?

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Jessica: I grew up in Central Florida and moved to Denver in 2006 with my husband. We knew we wanted to try something different and move somewhere with all four seasons, so we pretty much pointed at a map and said, "we hear Denver is cool". We moved out not too long after that and have been here ever since. Denver is definitely my home now!


Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?

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Jessica: When I was working as a commercial interior designer in 2012, I had a furniture rep reach out to me to do a solo show in her showroom / gallery space. This pushed me to create a full body of work, and from that moment I've been able to apply and show in festivals, gallery shows and other opportunities have come my way.


Q: Do you have a favorite piece you’ve made?

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Jessica: I always say that each piece I create is my favorite at the moment, but I really enjoyed working on my "soap bubbles" series. I loved the forms and shapes of that series and I hope to revisit it soon!


Q: Are you self taught?

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Jessica: I first caught the painting bug from my Grandma, who is a professional artist herself. She taught me how to clean a paint brush and how to work with oil and acrylic paints from a very young age. I took as many art classes in grad school as I could, but was mostly self taught. I remember filling up sketch book after sketch book with pencil portraits and other drawings. I would just practice and practice. I couldn't get enough of art...and still can't.


Q: What do you love most about what you do?

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Jessica: I just love the ability to create something that didn't exist before. That's a pretty cool feeling.


Q: What are three words you would use to best describe your work?

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Jessica: Organic, soothing and contemporary


Q: What are you currently listening to?

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Jessica: I listen to a little bit of everything, but my favorite songs of the moment are Shark Smile by Big Thief and Gold Angel by Minke.