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Hi! I’m Jessica, the owner and artist behind JessBecauseArt Co. 

When the lockdown happened in 2020, it became inherently clear to me how much I draw inspiration from places. In addition to being an artist, I’m a designer (graphic & web) with a focus on brand identity. Creativity is required on a daily basis. So, I started drawing all the places I wished I could visit. That evolved into drawing the places around me and finding the beauty in the little details.

Art helps me recharge, whether it’s the act of drawing or finding a piece that feels like it was made for me. We can’t all take a trip on a whim to restore those creative powers, but we can all benefit from art, wherever we are located.

Hi! I’m Jessica, the owner and artist behind JessBecauseArt Co. 

When the lockdown happened in 2020, it became inherently clear to me how much I draw inspiration from places. In addition to being an artist, I’m a designer (graphic & web) with a focus on brand identity. Creativity is required on a daily basis. So, I started drawing all the places I wished I could visit. That evolved into drawing the places around me and finding the beauty in the little details.

Art helps me recharge, whether it’s the act of drawing or finding a piece that feels like it was made for me. We can’t all take a trip on a whim to restore those creative powers, but we can all benefit from art, wherever we are located.

Whether you're dreaming about visiting, or want a souvenir of a good memory, I create art for you.

Growing up in Portland, I was fortunate to spend a lot of time on the west coast. Seattle, Portland and San Diego are three of my favorite places, all so different from each other but with their own unique energy. Many of my drawings are inspired by these places. The Mini Cooper at Cannon Beach was loosely based on a photo from a trip I took to the coast with my mom, right after I bought my beloved Mini. The Seattle Skyline pictured in this postcard isn’t the view of the skyline you see most often. It’s taken from my aunt and uncle’s balcony, looking back at the city. 

Each drawing has special details, from the perspective of someone who really knows and loves the place featured. I hope that you find your own special significance in these illustrations. 

I was largely inspired by the art posters used in the early 1900s for advertising travel destinations. They were commonly created in an art nouveau or art deco style, and evolved to mid-century modern. These were printed using a lithograph, creating the seamless colors and lack of brushstrokes or pencil marks you’d see in prior works of art.

When I create a drawing, I start with a hand drawn paper sketch. This allows me to create the composition and get my idea onto real paper. Then, I copy my sketch onto my iPad and begin drawing in all the details.  This creates those seamless colors and lines that I love so much from the vintage posters. Sometimes I’ll add text. Each drawing can take 25+ hours to complete. 

Looking for something one of a kind? I love doing custom commissions! You can see some of my favorite past projects here. Drop me a line and tell me about your special memory or place. I’d be happy to help you create a one of a kind art piece. 

Looking for something one of a kind? I love doing custom commissions! You can see some of my favorite past projects here. Drop me a line and tell me about your special memory or place. I’d be happy to help you create a one of a kind art piece.