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JessicaKaleIllustration

Location

West Caldwell, New Jersey, United States

Quick Blurb

Artwork created through the essence of animals.

Interests

animals, pets, scratchboard, pastels, portraits, acrylics, landscapes, cats, dogs, wildlife

Skills and Techniques

I specialize in a technique called scratchboard. Scratchboard is a clay tablet covered in ink. Using sharp knifes and tools for etching I scratch away the black ink to create the texture of the fur. To give life to the scratchboard I apply a watercolor wash to highlight the vast colors of the fur and the emotion within the eyes of the animal. I also work in pastels and acrylics. I also enjoy experimenting with anything I find and have time for.

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Get to Know

Welcome! I have an associate's degree in Fine Arts. I am currently studying for my bachelor's in illustration. I hope to one day illustrate children's books or something professional like that. I have my own small business doing Fine Art Pet Portraits. Why animals are so important me: I have practiced art my whole life. I have gained experience through private classes and pursuing a career in the arts. Two years ago I started a small business selling fine art pet portraits. I volunteer at my local animal shelter, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter in NJ and wanted to help the shelter as much as I could. Due to a medical condition I can not do some of the tasks [dog walking, cleaning, etc.] needed. Instead I proposed to the shelter to let me put up a flier displaying my pet portrait business. In doing so I would give half the profits to the shelter. They agreed and from there my business, as well as my need to help animals bloomed.



I went to various other shelters in the Northern NJ area proposing the same idea I had given to Mt. Pleasant. Numerous shelters were benefiting from displaying my artwork as I received more commissions. I went a step further and have been in numerous pet expo shows as a vendor selling pet portraits and giving profits to the shelter that is holding the event. When I receive commissions online a portion of those profits are given to Mt Pleasant animal shelter, given I have adopted 2 of my furbabies from them. Also, out of my own pocket I donate monthly to the ASPCA and the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund. Even though I have not been able to physically help the shelters I have been able to use my own talent and my love for animals to help numerous animal charities over the years. Artist Statement The passing of a loved one can break your heart, but the passing along of a loved oneââ,¬â,,¢s talent can mend your soul. My mother was an accomplished artist who passed away when I was a young girl. Her loss was tragic, but what helped me through the hard times was that even though she had passed away, she had passed her art talent on to me. The motivation to expand my art skills at a young age came from the influence of my mother, even though she was not on earth physically motivating me. By advancing my skills in painting, drawing, and etching I felt a further connection to her. Art always held within it a spiritual value for me. The same spiritual aspect I apply to my artwork I receive from my love for animals. Animals have influenced my artwork from the first time I picked up a pencil. I find the creative use of animal subjects gives the subject of my artwork an essence of spiritual power. When I am in my own space completely focused on my artwork, I feel rejuvenated and content with myself. Feeling this way helps me create pieces of artwork that are more than just pencil on paper, or painting on canvas, but an outlet to express myself in a way that I could never accomplish verbally. On my journey I would like to develop my artwork by using all of the skills that I have and will learn to make my artwork a unique and powerful spiritual tonic for others and myself.