My current representational work focuses on vivid landscapes of places close to home in
Southern California while my abstract works are inspired by places and ideas that have
moved me from within.  Growing up on the Central California coast instilled in me a
compelling need to record the beauty of the landscape.  The cycles observed in nature
are also true cycles observed in life.  I am attempting to convey the beauty and
lastingness of the landscape as an important part of California contemporary painting.  My
abstract work focuses on capturing the essence of a place, feeling or an idea that comes
from deep within me.  I am particularly interested in how these feelings come through me
onto the canvas and then evoke a feeling within the viewer.

I always start a representational painting by studying its subject matter.  I am fascinated by
finding perfection in imperfect things.  I love working in oil paint due to it’s richness in color
saturation, and the ability it has to provide lustrous hues.  When painting representational
works, I generally paint in the Alla Prima style which in Italian means “at the first”.  This is a
style of painting where the painting is completed in one sitting.  The idea is to capture the
essence of the subject in a bold and intuitive way.  I find this style of painting very
liberating.  I am always trying to express my emotional response to the subject when
painting in this way.  

The materials I use in my larger works are gallery wrapped style stretched canvas and oil
paint that is rich in pigment:oil ratio.  I use the color generously, allowing the brush strokes
to enhance the texture of my paintings.  I strive to maintain the organic quality of these
brush strokes as they are intriguing to me in that they are not overworked, they are
natural in essence.  I also enjoy using watercolor paints when painting in small format, the
immediacy of the medium and it's quick drying time allow for more en plain air
opportunities.

I paint because I enjoy the process.  I am interested in the way a painting evokes feeling in
the painter and then in the viewer.  My goal is to continue painting and to reach as many
people as possible with my rich and vibrant images of places, people, and ideas that have
touched my life.

Jessica Fairley  Contemporary Fine Art
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