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Jessica Lendon

Jessica Lendon

Artist Work

Pinktail Triggerfish 2
2016
acrylic on canvas panel
5"x7"
Pinktail Triggerfish 3
2017
acrylic on stretched canvas
11"x14"
Pufferfish 1
2017
acrylic on canvas panel
5"x7"
Boxfish 1
2016
acrylic on canvas panel
5"x7"
Moorish Idol 1
2016
acrylic on canvas panel
5"x7"
Manta Ray 4
2016
acrylic on stretched canvas
11"x14"

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I'm currently immersed in my series called Geometry of Puako Bay, featuring geometric Hawaiian reef fish in limited color palettes on small canvas panels and medium-sized stretched canvas. This series was inspired by the beautiful fish I saw while snorkeling and scuba diving off the Kona coast of Hawaaii. My family personally saw each of the fish (and manta rays and turtles) that I paint, creating a connection between my personal experiences with the often mysterious and foreign natural world and my attempts to reconstruct it into clean, orderly forms. My paintings juxtapose the soft and flowing nature of sea life with hard-edge and precise representations. This series has been described as "whimiscal," "playful," and "precise." I prefer working in quick-drying acrylic paint because I often use many layers of paint to create flat and opaque colors. These paintings are the result of a multi-step process beginning with drawing more life-like fish and progressively abstracting it's shapes into straight, geometric forms--solving for shape, composition, color. The final design and color palette is then implemented with paint on canvas, with a few tweaks along the way.

Artist Bio

I live in the DC area, via LA, via The South. My paintings are inspired by the 1960’s California hard-edge abstract painters. I take various forms (animals, plants, faces, etc.) and create colorful abstracted mandala-like or geometric designs.​

I have created all of my life and spend as much time as I can on painting, but I'm also a social gerontologist with a full-time career researching long-term care and intergenerational relationships. I only recently begain pursing art as more serious hobby and enjoy pushing myself to learn and do more. My first art show was the DC Pancakes and Booze, Ocean City Easter Art Fair, and Takoma Park Art Hop in 2017, and I look forward to participating in more opportunities for exhibiting.