Born in Bangor, Maine in 1980, Jessica Singerman lived alternatively in France and the United States during her early life. Singerman earned her BA magna cum laude with Highest Honors in 2002 from the College of William & Mary, Virginia, and her Masters of Fine Arts in 2004 from the University of Delaware while on a fellowship. Her watercolors are the subject of a book published in 2017, Little Watercolor Squares, and her award-winning paintings and drawings are exhibited and collected internationally.
In previous lives, Singerman taught yoga and worked as a guide leading epic bicycle tours all over Europe, Central America, and Australia. She rides bikes and runs, and lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her husband and their son.
I have discovered that, no matter where I am, outdoor activity and making artwork make me feel most like myself: whole and engaged with my environment. I want to share this experience with others through my work.
My paintings are abstract with references to the landscape. I am inspired by the poetry of nature: color and light in the landscape, seasons, and the passing of time. All of our senses are awakened when we spend time outside. The rhythm of steps while hiking, the whir and clicks on a bike ride, the changing shapes of light and shadow between trees, the sound of birdsong—the memory of all these impacts on my senses feeds into my process of abstraction. I love to explore my experiences in nature through the formal elements of color, shape, line and composition.
I am also deeply influenced by our changing landscape, such as a favorite field being dug up and built into a housing development. Through the process of making artwork and sharing it with others, I can turn a negative experience such as the one just referred to into something beautiful. And I ultimately hope that through my artwork I can inspire people to return to the outdoors and build meaningful connections with others there.