I believe that where there is life, there is hope.
As an artist, I express this perspective through figurative and abstract works of acrylic on canvas. I draw inspiration from nature and from my travels. My work often centers around the idea of transformation in nature, and I seek to convey this through color, line, and shape.
I study the elements of nature and the ways in which they move, interact, and transform, then explore these themes in my abstract work, often portraying the positive emotional impact of nature on people.
Jessie I. Banaszak is a Milwaukee-based artist creating original abstract and figurative acrylic-on-canvas paintings. Her calling as an artist dates to her childhood, and a summer camp class that sparked her specific interest in painting. She earned a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, where she also studied ceramics and sculpture.
An independent artist since 2002, Jessie previously spent 13 years deploying her creative talents as a retail visual display manager, first at Boston Store and later at Kohl’s Department Store.
Jessie’s work has appeared in a variety of Milwaukee-area venues, including Fusion Gallery in Walker’s Point, the Eclectic I Gallery in Bayside, and the INOVA and Union gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work was featured in two local solo exhibitions, at Stella’s Salon in Washington Heights and at marketing agency Square 2 Marketing in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, as well as in an art show at Whitefish Bay Library. Third Ward retailer Shoo commissioned Jessie to create four large-scale shoe paintings for in-store display. Many Milwaukee-area businesses and residents also own original paintings by Jessie.
In July 2016, Jessie was part of the Dynamic Visions Exhibition at Agora Gallery in New York City. Her work has also been featured in ARTisSpectrum Volumes 35 and 37. In 2017, Jessie exhibited her work at Gallery Andrea in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Jessie is a native of New York City and currently calls Milwaukee home, although she travels frequently to gain inspiration for new works.