My Art is My Therapy | by Jessica Louise

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I’m going to start this off with some fun facts about myself. Because I feel like I went a little deep with my “about me”. Honestly, it was hard to sit down and write about myself. In 35 years I’ve been blessed with an amazing life, but was at a loss when it came down to talking about it

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  • I’ve known my husband since high school, but we didn’t start dating until college. We’ve been together 15 years, married for 10.

  • I took pictures in high school for our town’s local tv channel.

  • My Mom took all my baby/toddler pictures with a Polaroid camera. So I have photo albums filled with polaroids, and I love it.

  • I don’t drink. Every once in awhile you might catch me taking a shot or two, but that’s it.

  • I’m a self taught photographer.

  • I have degrees in advertising and graphic design, but have never had a job in those fields.

  • As cliche as it sounds, I truly believe everything happens for a reason.

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Despite what you see on my social media pages, I have always been quiet the pessimist. Whether that’s a product of my upbringing or just who I’ve always been. The images of my daughter tell a different story. The bright colorful pictures are a reflection of childhood and innocence. Something I feel everyone, including myself, wants to hold onto. When taking a look into my self portraits it’s apparent I dig a little deeper, and take a step back from my traditional vibrant color palette. A somewhat truer reflection of who I am.

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My childhood was nothing out of the ordinary. A child of divorced parents, I struggled to find a balance. At the core was always family. My tight knit Italian family has and always will be a major part of who I am. Though I didn’t inherit my creative soul from them, that would be from my Dad. Growing up I watched him create art in many different forms. Always keeping my intense passion for the arts growing.

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Combine my love for family and art, and you have who I am today. A family of three, my husband, daughter, and myself living in a small Air Force town. Trying to capture our everyday moments, all the while staying true to my creative side. No matter what kind of reactions my images receive, good or bad, they are rewarding. If it stirs up an emotion, that’s all that matters to me. My style isn’t going to be for everyone, and that’s okay.

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I honestly don’t know where this photography journey will take me. All I know is as long as I can create with emotion, stay true to myself, and have that somehow spark an intensity in others, i’ll keep on creating. Because the art of photography has and always will be my therapy.

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