Living in the Gold Country has been a marvelous productive environment for artist Jessica Kolesar, providing great peace and joy which is evident in her work .As a child, this native Californian had a great love of art. Her first oil painting resulted in a National Scholastic Art Award. Many years of painting and several awards later, Jessica received the coveted Peoples Choice Award, her most cherished yet.
Her love of art and design started Jessica on her educational journey through Woodbury College of Design and classes at Otis Art, Pierce, Valley and El Camino Colleges and finally the computer (painter 1X),learning to paint digitally in the computer.
Jessica then spent several years as a high fashion model, appearing in magazines such as Vogue and Harpers Bazaar. This led to the opening of her own commercial photographic studio. Jessica’s photography back ground, including her great eye for composition, is apparent in her work today.
Jessica was married having one daughter, Vanessa. She loved everything about the experience. The love between a mother and child is a theme which has appeared through the years in her work. Living a few years in London with Vanessa, Jessica worked with the Richard Green Gallery.
Her Joie de Vivre has resulted in Jessica’s interest in endless variety of subjects for her paintings. Her passion for racing thoroughbred horses inspired a series of track-related images. The love of the athlete- from boxers to ballerinas-resulted in memorable paintings. An elegeant series of cat and rooster images resulted in a popular series of greeting cards and a calendar.
Her currant work includes figurative, with whimsical out door cafes, serious ballet and a series of paintings of women capturing the soul of her subjects... The landscapes are painted with joy. Her impressionistic style , definitely has its own style. Her strong, side by side brush strokes are a signature in her work and one is drawn into the energetic joy of her paintings.
Anyone who knows Jessica Kolesar recognizes her boundless energy and myriad ideas. Much of her energy today is spent managing the distribution of her work, designing new groups and creating a web business.
We should all hope Jessica continues her journey.