"It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength,
and whosoever loves much performs much,
and can accomplish much
and what is done in love is well done."
-Vincent Van Gogh
Jessica L. Harris has been making art since she was old enough to hold a brush. She was born and raised in the woods of Maine where she developed a strong bond and inspiration through the natural world. She is the granddaughter, of prominent Maine watercolorist, John E. Harris, who inspired her very much as a young child and still today. Her connection with art is deeply rooted and part of that comes through each time she picks up her grandfather's brushes and paints. It's almost as if they are a vessel that houses and shares his artistic energies into her own creative endeavors.
There is a touch of whimsy to her works. She is a story teller and loves the intrigue of bringing the past to life with ephemera, vintage and antique odds and ends. Jessica works with a broad array of mixed mediums, enabling her to experiment in new ways, with the allowance of art evolution and happy accidents. One of her favorite mediums of choice is ink and watercolor and is known for her "Artfully Orchestrated" illustrations on salvaged, vintage sheet music. She enjoys making portraits of people and animals, as well as ocean inspired works that often shine through with her passion for making jewelry. She has taken numerous workshops through Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maryland Institute College of Art and Artsworth, for metal smithing and painting and continues to further her studies through community workshops and classes.
Jessica has participated in shows and exhibits throughout MDI, Belfast, and Blue Hill, Arts Week at local schools, as well as previously coordinating and running a Friday Art Club for after school students. She has illustrated two cookbooks, wrote articles for "Yard Sale Maven" at the Ellsworth American, and is currently working on a poetry and art collaboration. She currently instructs toddler groups, Art Jam, Create & Sips, and other workshops at ArtWaves for children and adults, all while continuing her own creative endeavors at her home studio. Jessica teaches everything from felting with wool to print making.
Jessica Harris, Instructor
ArtWaves, MDI www.artwavesmdi.org