Apart from her family, Jessica's travels have been her greatest inspiration. She has roamed throughout Europe and Asia. She trekked alone through North Africa and the Middle East. For three years, she lived in Mexico, another year in France. She immersed herself in the local cultures and the magnificent images they created, all the while developing her eye for the dramatic that is the hallmark of her work today. It was around the time she was in Italy, studying at the Florence Art Studio, that she discovered the ancient form of encaustic painting.
Often the underlying images are simple, familiar – things she has seen or experienced on her travels. An elephant in Thailand with its powerful presence and silent ageless grace, A Buddhist monk carrying within his robes a touch of the Divine…birds in flight, battling an onshore storm, as seen from the little Yucatan fishing village where she, her husband and daughter live several months of the year.