Jessica Curry Nature Artist

I am a self-taught Nature Artist based in the Hunter Valley Australia. I specialise in painting realistic Flora and Fauna in Soft Pastels.

Through my art I hope tp show the viewer the spectacular beauty that surrounds us everyday. By showing people how intriguing nature can be, I hope to inspire people to appreciate how important the natural environment is. To Inspire them to find ways to care for the environment and protect natural habitats for indigenous and endangered species. 

My subject matter Nature comes directly from my love of nature. As a child I grew up in the Hunter Valley along a creek where gorgeous birds and wildlife would congregate especially on dusk & dawn. I was always surrounded by art, my Nan was a beautiful landscape painter and through her, my love of nature was enriched, and lastly when I was very little and as I grew I have memories of following around after my Grandfather in his garden, watering plants and pulling weeds. My love of flowers and plants grew along side my love of art, wildlife and nature. 

I love to capture the light as it reflects off the subject highlighting its beauty. I use a range of techniques combining light layers of glazing with both blending and detailed brush strokes to try to capture the spark of beauty and personality within the subject. 

I have had chronic illnesses and chronic pain since I was 15 years old. I have found that painting helps me escape the pain and to focus and channel those negative feelings of helplessness and uselessness into a positive creative outlet. I discovered my love of painting later in life, so I have only been painting since 2014. Due to my ongoing health issues I have been unable to attend formal art education or even local art classes so I am a self taught artist. 

I strive to only use the best quality Art supplies so I can ensure the longevity of each painting. I only use materials which are archival and lightfast to ensure that my paintings can be enjoyed for generations to come. I often get asked why I would spend so much money on expensive art supplies when cheap ones would do, wouldn't they? The truth is cheap materials are not archival, they are not lightfast, they are meant for students to experiment with different mediums at a low cost, but due to that low cost they quickly start to fade. It would break my heart if a piece of my art faded before its time, I put my heart and soul into each and every piece, I want these pieces to last long after I am gone from this earth. So I only buy the best quality archival, lightfast products to ensure my paintings , if hung correctly and stored correctly, that the beautiful rich colours will not fade away. I make sure to buy archival paper that is lightfast and specially designed to hold as much pastel pigment as possible for hyper-realism, its this reason after much experimentation that I now only use Clairefontaine's Pastelmat. I only buy Soft Pastels and Pastel Pencils which are the highest quality and have individual blue wool scale ratings on each item, each Soft Pastel or Pastel Pencil I purchase is carefully researched before purchase to ensure I understand which brands have maximum lightfastness. 

Collections:

My Art is showcased in Private Collections Worldwide.

Exhibitions:

Members Art Show - Group Exhibition

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, Cessnock

May 8 - May 20 - 2018

Members Art Show - Group Exhibition

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, Cessnock

April 2 - April 5  - 2019

Nature's Beauty: See the World Through the  Eyes of an Artist - Solo  Exhibition

Belmont City Library, Belmont

November 22, 2019 - February 11 - 2020. 

Awards:

2018 - 1st Prize - Flowers 

Town of Murals Art Show, Kurri Kurri

2019 - 1st Prize - Flowers

Town of Murals Art Show, Kurri Kurri

2021 - 2nd Prize - Miniatures

Singleton Art Prize, Singleton