“I first caught the painting bug from my Grandma, who is a professional artist herself. 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.”
A Q&A with Jessica Magee
Where did you grow up?
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!
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
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.
Do you have a favorite piece you’ve made?
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!
What album/song are you currently listening to?
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
Do you recall the first piece you made?
I remember making a 10x20 abstract painting that has a similar feel to the work I do now. I really felt like I tapped in to something that made me excited to come to my easel every day. I feel like my work has been ever evolving since then, and if someone asked me to paint something similar to something I did even a year ago, I'm not sure I could do it! It's important to me to grow, learn and evolve.
What are three words you would use to best describe your work?
Organic, soothing and contemporary
It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?
I would most likely be out with my husband and 6 year old son doing something fun, or trying to get outdoors as much as possible. That's the wonderful thing about Colorado, is that there's so many beautiful days you can spend outside!
Are you self taught?
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.
Do you have a favorite coffee/tea spot?
I really love Stowaway Coffee In RINO. They have such a cool vibe, amazing chai lattes and breakfast.
Do you have a favorite place in the mountains you like to visit?
I really love snowboarding in Breckenridge, and summer in Steamboat Springs is magical! I especially love the drive up there...when there's not traffic.
What do you love most about what you do?
I just love the ability to create something that didn't exist before. That's a pretty cool feeling.
What was the last concert/show you attended?
I went to see Bon Iver at Red Rocks last month.