I am Colorful Jerica
Hi! I'm Colorful Jerica! I'm an artist from Chicago, IL, and recently moved to Grand Rapids, MI with my supportive and loving husband, Garrett! My interest in art first started when I was a child. I was obsessed with The Powerpuff Girls, and I would draw them constantly. As I got older, I experimented with other art styles and techniques. I started creating my own little characters, outlining them in pen and coloring them with colored pencils. I also created collages with poster paper and pieces of magazines. I was always drawing or creating something! My passion for art grew, and in High School I decided to take a few art classes to gain more experience and skills.
With more and more practice throughout my life, it was in my early 20's that I decided to pick up a paint brush. I had recently bought a set of paints and my very first canvas. They sat for a few weeks while I contemplated what I wanted to create. Then one day my mind said, "anything."
That first painting didn't come out great, it looked like a less detailed and messier Paul Klee painting.
However, it was still my first piece of hand painted art! So I was proud!
From there, I just wanted to paint! I realized the brighter the colors, the more I loved it. I started creating my own colorful paintings, crazy characters, and cool designs that would often show up in lucid dreams. A common symptom of Insomnia. (Yay!)
I also started making paper machè sculptures after I agreed to create an art piece for my friend's daughter's birthday party. I made a paper machè Harry Potter sorting hat. I then created a few original pieces of my own! What can I say, I love creating!
It was at one of my very first jobs I met my good friend, Jesse Hall. He's an incredible artist with a very unique style.
He got me interested in drawing/painting nude bodies. I decided to mix that with my passion for color, and my own quirky art style. Jesse and I ended up collaborating on a few pieces together and learned so much from one another. I wouldn't have gotten this far with my art if not for collaborating with him, and coming up with these amazing ideas. (Please give Jesse a follow, a link to his Instagram is at the bottom of the page)
By the time I was in my mid 20's, I had painted A LOT, and had quite a few paintings and drawings. I needed something to do with them! So I decided to start putting my art on display at events so people could look and purchase.
I featured my art at many DIY events in Chicago, including Freakeasy, where Jesse and I created 4ft paper maché sculptures for their Summer Solstice Event. And at Pancakes and Booze where I displayed my many canvases splashed with color, and trippy abstract art.
With all that being said, please enjoy my Artist Portfolio! Please interact, and share my art! Send me a message if you're interested in purchasing an original or even a print of one of my works!
Thanks for looking!