JESSICA BEER, PAINTER

words + portrait photography MORGAIN BAILEY

Image
Confluence, April 2018
30 x 30 inches
acrylic, crayon, pencil on canvas
River Left, April 2018
30 x 30 inches
acrylic, crayon, pencil on canvas
Waterways I, June 2019
30 40 inches
acrylic, pencil on canvas
Waterways II, June 2019
30 40 inches
acrylic, pencil on canvas
Waterways III, June 2019
30 40 inches
acrylic, pencil on canvas

jessica is an abstract painter whose work inspired me after I saw a show at Rolling Fatties, a Northeast-style burritos-and-beer spot in Kingfield, Maine. Jess is an avid outdoorswoman, so when I contacted her with an invitation to participate in this project and explained my ideas, she invited me to go on an adventure in search of the perfect swimming hole for this portrait. Her work is water-inspired and sometimes she likes to integrate the perspective of creatures who live underwater and look up through a watery lens at the world above. Because of her unique perspective, I decided to photograph her completely submerged, in a pool of abstract natural elements. To make this photograph, Jess led me to one of her favorite swimming holes that has a natural rock ledge above it. I stood on the ledge and worked with her from above. We had a lot of fun making this photograph and it not only includes her aesthetic, it also includes references to the dark complexity of creating an artistic career while living in a very rural area away from the artist support systems available in Portland.

jessicabeerart@gmail.com
Instagram @JESSSBEER

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Favorite …
Guilty pleasure?
Baking and thrift shopping! I love experimenting with various baking concepts and when I enter a thrift shop, I get a sudden burst of adrenaline knowing that I could potentially find something wonderful tucked within the racks and shelves. 

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