Jessica Hopkins

Painting (MFA Student)

I am a native Washingtonian that has benefited from being a part of a large family. That background has bestowed upon me an appreciation for diversity, whether in my family life or art career.

On a more personal level, my family experiences serves as the foundation of my art. I was recently diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer, and found my role to recovery through a motivational force. That experience broadened my perception of life, my capabilities and endurance.

The diversity in my life has translated into a considerable repertoire of communication skills at my disposal.  All of those assets have been channeled into my work as an artist.

With regard to my career as an artist, I am an expressionistic portrait painter; I am currently examining the role of identity in relation to gender and personality. All of my portraits serve as self-portraits. Self-portraits have the purpose of depicting the faces of others. Ultimately the artist’s depiction of others reflects the artist’s inner being, as the depiction represents the artist’s perception of the subject of the work.

With regard to any of my art work, they reflect life situations based on my personal experiences. Color is the motivating force behind my paintings.  Color serves as a veil that covers and shields the subjects in my compositions from social issues and their insecurities. My art work is informed by the Washington Color School to the melodic patterns of AfriCOBRA.