Jessica Strahan

Artist + Jessica Strahan

Being born and raised in New Orleans has been an endless source of inspiration for me. The city's rich culture, distinct landmarks, and colorful (and tragic) history all shine through the worlds I create in my paintings. Known in the art world as "JHand," my work aims to capture all that makes my hometown special: the flavor, the essence, the jazz, the originality.

Drawing and painting have always brought me peace. My earliest creations were on the backs of worksheets, inside books. I was still drawing, on everything. As my artistic abilities became more apparent, I found support from family, friends, and teachers: my mom's friends gave me sketchpads; an elementary school teacher let me decorate the classroom and showcased my work to other faculty members. I found creating to be liberating, and, thankfully, lifesaving: I had a crazy childhood. I lived with a lot of different people in a lot of different places, and I can't imagine what would have happened if I never picked up the brush.

My children also inspire my paintbrush strokes, the people I've met on my journey through life, and the mental, emotional, and spiritual space I'm in a while creating. My latest pieces have been blue, a reflection on a lifetime of "living here and living there."

"House of Blues," my newest series, offers a fresh take on the juxtaposition of New Orleans and Africa. It features blue people with robust African features in distinctly New Orleans homes. In painstaking detail, the collection captures the beauty and the tragic aspects — the sadness, joy, jazz, gentrification, etc. — of life in the Crescent City.

Having depicted many scenes and characters, I have found that the most significant creative clarity is when I'm focused on myself. I painted many different topics growing up. But when I tapped into myself and went deep into my emotions through my work, I felt free as an artist.

My work was the regional winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artist Series at Art Basel in Miami, it's been featured in Bennachin's African restaurant, I'm an artist vendor at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and my work has been featured in numerous gallery shows around the city.

 

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We are a community of New Orleans visual artists. We are painters, sculptors, fashion & jewelry designers.
We are craftsman and metal workers, illustrators and printmakers.
We make and create original & one of a kind artworks handcrafted right here in New Orleans.

Aquamarine Blooms
Lori Sperier Mixed Media / Painting
Lori Sperier
Thoughts #10 "The Engineer"
Tony Hollums Painting
Tony Hollums
Pauger Street
Paige DeVries Painting
Paige DeVries
Landscape Layers
Kat Ryalls Painting
Kat Ryalls
Sophisticated Woman
Blair Dupre Painting
Blair Dupre
Okra Farms: Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, LA
Miro Hoffmann Painting
Miro Hoffmann
Honeymoon Memories
Lee Morais Painting
Lee Morais
Slice of Earth - Plains
Ella Albrecht Painting
Ella Albrecht
Louisiana Mythology : Blue Heron Alkonost
Emma Fick Painting
Emma Fick
Naturia Piper
Leeaux . Illustration / Painting
Leeaux .
Flamingo Madness
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly Gator Girl Art
Painting
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly
Let Go
Bryan Brown Art by Bryan Brown
Painting
Bryan Brown
Cafe DuMonde
Connie Kittok Painting
Connie Kittok
SPIRIT PORTRAIT
Amzie Adams Painting
Amzie Adams
White On White #5
Brent Houzenga Painting
Brent Houzenga
All That's Left
Cheryl Anne Grace Painting
Cheryl Anne Grace
Rue de la Bucherie print
Keith Oelschlager Painting
Keith Oelschlager
Beady Black
Patrick Henry Victory Arts
Painting
Patrick Henry
Cypress Bayou
Louise Guidry Encaustic / Monotype / Painting / Printmaking
Louise Guidry
Samsara
Connor McManus Mixed Media / Painting
Connor McManus
Color Explosion
Rannie Howard Painting
Rannie Howard
Shotgun in Treme
Queen Hope Parker Queen Hope Poetic Art
Painting
Queen Hope Parker
Summer Song
Anne McLeod Painting
Anne McLeod
Impala
Meghan Methe Painting
Meghan Methe
The Blues
Darlene Langendonk Art Impressions
Painting
Darlene Langendonk
James Brown
Jeff Morgan Painting
Jeff Morgan
Meeting Notes # 62
Sean Clark Painting
Sean Clark
Golden Light
Anne Blenker Painting
Anne Blenker
"Ava"
Brett Henderson Painting
Brett Henderson
Circus Pig – on Chartres Near NOCCA
Ramiro Diaz Painting
Ramiro Diaz
Seekers of Light
Kate Hanrahan Illustration / Mixed Media / Painting
Kate Hanrahan
Rivers & Ramperts
Michael Eble Painting
Michael Eble
Orgullo
MILAGROS Collective Painting
MILAGROS Collective
Gold Rush
Mary Singleton Painting
Mary Singleton
A Portait of Josephine Louise Newcomb
Maddie Stratton Painting
Maddie Stratton
Avens
Margaux Hymel Art by Gaux Gaux
Painting
Margaux Hymel
Flying Fish III
George Dolgy Painting
George Dolgy
Behold a Golden Calf
Thomas Deaton Painting
Thomas Deaton
Mississippi River Run
Ellen Macomber Ellen Macomber Studio
Painting
Ellen Macomber
Faces of Tribes
Kevin Elder Painting
Kevin Elder
Neighborhood Committee
Ember Soberman Painting / Mixed Media
Ember Soberman
Woman #1
Toné Lowe Painting
Toné Lowe
Landscape
Debbie Boyd Painting
Debbie Boyd
Kanzeon I, II & III
Rachel Rice-Baham Painting / Mixed Media
Rachel Rice-Baham
Head to Toe
Kris Muntan Painting
Kris Muntan
Pineapple 104
Drew Cooke Mixed Media / Painting
Drew Cooke
Ironing Board Sam over Jackson Square
John Turner Painting
John Turner
Infinite Sadness
Jeremy Paten Mixed Media / Painting
Jeremy Paten
The Only Way Out is Through
Sarah Nelson Sarah Nelson Fine Art
Painting
Sarah Nelson
Festival des Acadiens
Devin De Wulf Folk / Outsider Art / Painting / Photography
Devin De Wulf
The Cathedral
Ceaux . Ceaux Artwork
Painting
Ceaux .
Orangina Princesse de Broglie
Rayne Bories Painting
Rayne Bories
Aerial Study #2
Kristen Albrecht Mixed Media / Painting
Kristen Albrecht
Esplanade Ave.
Lyla Clayre Illustration / Painting
Lyla Clayre
NO DNA: Jacque
Sean Randall Painting
Sean Randall
Swamp Goddess Print
Saegan Swanson Painting
Saegan Swanson
Lenny
Lionel Milton Elleone
Painting / Street Art
Lionel Milton
James Booker: Piano Genius
Gabriel Flores New Orleans Paint and Design
Painting / Street Art
Gabriel Flores
Harley Baby
Rise Delmar Ochsner Painting
Rise Delmar Ochsner
Pidgeontown Steppers
Stephanie Reed Painting
Stephanie Reed
Continuing to Unfold
Rebecca Birtel Madura Painting
Rebecca Birtel Madura
Slim Harpo
Lucille Anderson Lucille Blues
Painting
Lucille Anderson
Detangled
Shelby Little Painting
Shelby Little
Simple Instructions
Bruce Corona Drawing / Mixed Media / Painting
Bruce Corona
Uptown Ruler
Nicole Ockmond Painting
Nicole Ockmond
"The Peaches are Better Down the Road" Homage to Johnny Hodges
George McClements Painting
George McClements
Faubourg Marigny
Nurhan Gokturk Illustration / Painting
Nurhan Gokturk
Pete Fountain
Alexandra Kilburn Illustration / Painting
Alexandra Kilburn
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