Jessie has always had a passion for the arts. She grew up in a household of artists and craftsmen. At a young age she started to take art classes in sculpting and ceramics. Enjoying the tactile experience of working with her hands she began working in metalsmithing and beading. She created her first business, Jessie's Jewels, at the age of 12, where she sold jewelry to her friends, family and school teachers.
Her love of art and running her own business continued to develop into adulthood. She also started to develop her voice as an artist. She began traveling to the tropical environments of the Caribbean, South America and Hawaii. Each time she came back she would see the influence in her artwork. The ombre of the turquoise blue water, the sparkle of the sun kissing the waves, and the texture of the powdery white sand.
Jessie is a member of Providence Artisans. Her work can be found in local galleries and shops, at the Hope Street Artisan's Market, Waterfire Arts Plaza, Scituate Arts Festival and other local art festivals.
B.S. in Education Studies, Rhode Island College
Sustainable Oceans: Sprout Gallery, Warren, RI (October 2019)
Black & Blue: Works of Jessie Jewels and David Lee Black, Sprout Gallery, Providence, RI (2019)
Ways of Working Water: Cranston Public Library, Cranston, RI (March 2019)