I remember spending my lunchbreaks at school in the art room sketching the ocean and sand dunes, but loathed art class for the focus on structure and replication. I was intent on developing my own style of expression, but refused to conform to expressionism.

Accepted to study Scenery and Properties Design & Construction at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, my enthusiasm for the fantastical translated into scene painting.

Later a mural art business developed my beachside scribbling in sketchbooks and theatrical bent, into colourful large scale depictions of underwater scenes and Tromp L’oil gardens.

Attempting to put my creativity to more practical use, I undertook a diploma in industrial design. I’ve also dabbled in art direction for film, doing make-up, wardrobe, props and of course set design/dressing. I now work for the State Theatre Centre of WA, a purpose built venue with 3 performance spaces in the heart of the city. Surrounded by creatives, I’ve finally found my niche, as well as the inspiration to follow my heart... and my heart resides firmly in art.

Influenced by a myriad of different styles from fine art to street art, I now focus on portraiture with an experimental approach toward techniques and processes.

I literally pour my emotions and experiences into a variety of mediums including timber, handmade paper, silk and canvas, layer on developments, acrylic washes, gauche, plaster and spray paint, then let the story unfold through fabric, stitching, beads, buttons, sand, string, and things you wouldn’t ordinarily find on an artwork.

It’s always interesting to see what happens next… ~ Jessica McCallum