Lisbon – Jessica Robbins

Why did you pick this picture?

I was asked to do this painting for a friend of mine. He had recently gone to Lisbon and was in Portugal for ten days. He had taken a photo from a rooftop of where he was staying at night, and really wanted it to be turned into an abstract painting. I love taking requests and collaborating with people when creating artwork!

Where did the idea for this artwork come from?

After I was given the photo, it took me three tries to really express what I wanted to. I wanted to try and capture the bright, blurry lights of a city at night while keeping the dramatic shadows and dark tones in the original photograph. ,

What does this art mean to you?

I love to collaborate with people to create a custom piece they are completely satisfied with.

A lot of the time when I am given a description of what someone would like it can be very vague, but to work with the customer and create something entirely original for them is an amazing feeling. I love to give people an artwork they have a personal connection to.

What can you tell us about yourself?

I am a painter and visual art teacher in the Greater Toronto Area. Any creative outlet I can involve myself in I love! Whether it’s sculpture, drawing, or print-making. I am very fortunate that I get to spend my days collaborating, and surrounded by creativity.

What more can you tell us about your art?

Besides the requests I frequently paint for people, I love to create abstract works based on personal experiences, and photos I have taken while traveling. I tend to use minimal colours in my palette, but try to get them as bold as possible. I combine different techniques including paint washes, palette knife painting, and detailed brush work in all of my pieces. It can be a slow, painstaking process of layering, but it is all very purposeful work.

To see more of Jessica’s artwork please follow the link below to see their instagram page

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