Hi! I’m Jess Shepard. When I was little, family and teachers would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I always answered with,”an artist!” Somewhere in the midst of growing up, that seemed like a job title someone else had to give to me. I thought someone else had to say I was good enough to be called an artist. So I said I was crafty, and I could make things because I went to art school. I would use my craftiness to make photo boards for birthday parties, and I learned how to sew and I made some nursing covers for my friends, and I also learned how to decorate cakes and I have sold some cakes as well. None of that was exactly my passion, but I did love it.
Then, this past Christmas, my husband gave me supplies for painting with watercolors, which I had never tried before, aside from elementary school. My favorite media to use was acrylics, because of how easy it was to control… watercolors seemed messy. So, naturally, I waited four months to try out my new watercolor supplies… I was intimidated and afraid of failure because… that’s life. Well, the second I started painting with watercolors, I fell in love. I started painting abstracts, then moved to some of my favorite bouquets I have been given, then on to family beach photos, and I started posting my paintings and progress to social media, and my friends and family encouraged me to start selling them. So at that moment, I decided it was time to be bold, call myself and artist, and get this ball rolling. I don’t care if I sell one painting or a thousand, I just feel so lucky that I have started thinking of myself as an artist for the first time in my life.
As you will see, I am currently selling prints of my art, not originals. I have a local printing company Minuteman Press, that scans the images, digitally edits them to make them as close to the originals as possible, and then they print them on really heavy card stock paper for me. The final product feels very substantial, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Originals aren’t currently for sale, because I am not ready to part with them just yet.
I hope you find something you like! Thank you for checking my store out. I’m so happy you are here.