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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Wet Bread
Thomas Deaton Painting
Thomas Deaton
Entangled
Shelby Little Painting
Shelby Little
NO DNA: Jacque
Sean Randall Painting
Sean Randall
Landscape Layers
Kat Ryalls Painting
Kat Ryalls
Harley Baby
Rise Delmar Ochsner Painting
Rise Delmar Ochsner
Neighborhood Committee
Ember Soberman Painting / Mixed Media
Ember Soberman
Golden Light
Anne Blenker Painting
Anne Blenker
Festival des Acadiens
Devin De Wulf Folk / Outsider Art / Painting / Photography
Devin De Wulf
Shotgun in Treme
Queen Hope Parker Queen Hope Poetic Art
Painting
Queen Hope Parker
Landscape
Debbie Boyd Painting
Debbie Boyd
Aerial Study #2
Kristen Albrecht Mixed Media / Painting
Kristen Albrecht
Meeting Notes # 62
Sean Clark Painting
Sean Clark
Louisiana Roots 2
Emma Fick Painting
Emma Fick
James Brown
Jeff Morgan Painting
Jeff Morgan
A Snowbird's Winter
Michael Eble Painting
Michael Eble
Aquamarine Blooms
Lori Sperier Mixed Media / Painting
Lori Sperier
Head to Toe
Kris Muntan Painting
Kris Muntan
The Cathedral
Ceaux . Ceaux Artwork
Painting
Ceaux .
Uptown Ruler
Nicole Ockmond Painting
Nicole Ockmond
Kanzeon I, II & III
Rachel Rice-Baham Painting / Mixed Media
Rachel Rice-Baham
Woman #1
Toné Lowe Painting
Toné Lowe
Circus Pig – on Chartres Near NOCCA
Ramiro Diaz Painting
Ramiro Diaz
Samsara
Connor McManus Mixed Media / Painting
Connor McManus
White On White #5
Brent Houzenga Painting
Brent Houzenga
Mississippi River Run
Ellen Macomber Ellen Macomber Studio
Painting
Ellen Macomber
Prayer
Blair Dupre Painting
Blair Dupre
I am Enough
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly Gator Girl Art
Painting
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly
A Portait of Josephine Louise Newcomb
Maddie Stratton Painting
Maddie Stratton
Okra Farms: Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, LA
Miro Hoffmann Painting
Miro Hoffmann
Color Explosion
Rannie Howard Painting
Rannie Howard
"The Peaches are Better Down the Road" Homage to Johnny Hodges
George McClements Painting
George McClements
The Blues
Darlene Langendonk Art Impressions
Painting
Darlene Langendonk
Pineapple 104
Drew Cooke Mixed Media / Painting
Drew Cooke
Orangina Princesse de Broglie
Rayne Bories Painting
Rayne Bories
Infinite Sadness
Jeremy Paten Mixed Media / Painting
Jeremy Paten
The Only Way Out is Through
Sarah Nelson Sarah Nelson Fine Art
Painting
Sarah Nelson
Slim Harpo
Lucille Anderson Lucille Blues
Painting
Lucille Anderson
Carousel Bar
Nurhan Gokturk Illustration / Painting
Nurhan Gokturk
Pete Fountain
Alexandra Kilburn Illustration / Painting
Alexandra Kilburn
Let Go
Bryan Brown Art by Bryan Brown
Painting
Bryan Brown
Continuing to Unfold
Rebecca Birtel Madura Painting
Rebecca Birtel Madura
Goldenheart Jones
Monica Rose Kelly Monica Kelly Studio
Painting
Monica Rose Kelly
Swamp Goddess Print
Saegan Swanson Painting
Saegan Swanson
Pidgeontown Steppers
Stephanie Reed Painting
Stephanie Reed
Orgullo
MILAGROS Collective Painting
MILAGROS Collective
Seekers of Light
Kate Hanrahan Illustration / Mixed Media / Painting
Kate Hanrahan
Simple Instructions
Bruce Corona Drawing / Mixed Media / Painting
Bruce Corona
Yogi Bear!
Leroy Miranda Jr. Painting
Leroy Miranda Jr.
Palmetto Trail Study #3
Stephen Rooney Painting
Stephen Rooney
"Ava"
Brett Henderson Painting
Brett Henderson
Cypress Bayou
Louise Guidry Encaustic / Monotype / Painting / Printmaking
Louise Guidry
Gold Rush
Mary Singleton Painting
Mary Singleton
Avens
Margaux Hymel Art by Gaux Gaux
Painting
Margaux Hymel
Beady Black
Patrick Henry Victory Arts
Painting
Patrick Henry
Lenny
Lionel Milton Elleone
Painting / Street Art
Lionel Milton
Tickled Pink
Julie Silvers Julie Silvers Art
Painting
Julie Silvers
Naturia Piper
Leeaux . Illustration / Painting
Leeaux .
Flying Fish III
George Dolgy Painting
George Dolgy
Ernie K-Doe: Emperor of the Universe
Gabriel Flores New Orleans Paint and Design
Painting / Street Art
Gabriel Flores
Summer Song
Anne McLeod Painting
Anne McLeod
Gatemouth
Cheryl Anne Grace Painting
Cheryl Anne Grace
Slice of Earth - Plains
Ella Albrecht Painting
Ella Albrecht
Ironing Board Sam over Jackson Square
John Turner Painting
John Turner
Impala
Meghan Methe Painting
Meghan Methe
Cafe DuMonde
Connie Kittok Painting
Connie Kittok
Ivy
Rebekah May Painting
Rebekah May
Faces of Tribes
Kevin Elder Painting
Kevin Elder
Honeymoon Memories
Lee Morais Painting
Lee Morais
Pauger Street
Paige DeVries Painting
Paige DeVries
Esplanade Ave.
Lyla Clayre Illustration / Painting
Lyla Clayre
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