Artist Statement:
My name is LaJae Essence, I’m best known publicly as Poetry​Jackson​. My collections are inspired by the books I read, the people I meet, the knowledge I have obtained, and the questions I seek. I use colors and symbols to convey abstract thoughts and emotions. I believe that through my Art I have the power to heal, inspire and enlighten. It feels like so much more than art to me​, I feel like I have been painting meditations. I have a deep passion for landscape art. I teach primarily landscape painting in my “Painted Meditations” adult and youth classes. The sky, water​,​ and flowers all remind me to be patient and enjoy the cycles of life. They remind me to be grateful for my senses and that life is worth admiration. I love the brilliance and innocence in the eyes of children I try to keep that same​ child like energy alive in the eyes of my characters. My art is often recognized by​ the way I style the eyes that I paint. ​A question I’m often asked is why women are depicted bare in some collections. My response is that they were nude before knowledge of sin, so I paint them so. The form of a woman is to me but another masterpiece in its natural state. Every curve on our bodies should be viewed as purposed and perfected. There is a reason we are created rounded and not squared. I love to paint Mother Earth in her many forms. I am ​an emerging Visual Artist and​ Performing Artist, based out of Norfolk Virginia. I find and release inspiration into teaching art as mediation to people of all ages and backgrounds. My mission is to help others expand their creative capacity. I believe in my distinctive and unique self-expression. My vision and journey to greatness is to ​paint colorful perspectives. I exemplify creative control by way of paint and poetry.

Poetry Jackson's Artworks and Works-in-Progress

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